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Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to...more

What Employers Should Know – Listen To The EEOC

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the 24th Annual Employment Practices Liability Insurance Program hosted by the American Conference Institute in New York City (I moderated a session on EEOC...more

Retaliation Encyclopedia

The EEOC just released proposed enforcement guidance on retaliation, and at 73 pages, it has everything you ever wanted to know on the topic. This is the first time since 1998 that the EEOC has updated its guidance on this...more

EEOC Settles GINA Lawsuit Against Employer Using Outdated Medical Forms

The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) prohibits employers from asking employees questions about their family medical histories in most circumstances. However, doctors’ medical questionnaires have for decades...more

2015 L&E Developments

As we begin 2016, it is a good time to look back at 2015 labor and employment law developments that employers must keep in mind during the new year. 2015 was indeed a busy year. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT - In 2015, the...more

UPDATE – What's On the Horizon for Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs and the EEOC in 2016?

In this December 18, 2015, article, we discussed employer-sponsored wellness programs and the EEOC's apparent apprehension of them. The article referenced the EEOC's lawsuit against plastics manufacturer Flambeau, Inc. in...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2015

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2015 (hereafter “Report”), our fifth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

Big News on Big Data: FTC Issues Important Report on Big Data, Compliance, and Consumer Protection

On January 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report titled Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion, which describes how big data use can run afoul of federal laws and regulations. Although the FTC report...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016 #2

Last week, a California judge made news when he threw out a $7.1million jury verdict. The verdict had been handed down in the high-profile age and disability discrimination suit brought by the well-known sports curmudgeon...more

The Wellness Program Awakens: District Court Rejects EEOC Challenge in Flambeau

Wellness programs, already something of a force in the group health plan industry, received a shot in the arm at the end of 2015 when a federal district court in Wisconsin ruled that an employer may require compliance with a...more

Joy Mining Machinery Settles EEOC Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act Lawsuit

Mining Equipment Manufacturer Will Refrain From Requesting, Requiring or Purchasing Genetic Information - PITTSBURGH - Joy Underground Mining, LLC, trading as Joy Mining Machinery, will provide significant relief to...more

Another Judge Puts the Breaks on EEOC Wellness Plan Overreach

Our firm has acknowledged recently that there are some questions about the authority of the EEOC to issue its proposed wellness regulations that claim legitimacy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Just before...more

Changes to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Coming in 2016!

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), is a federal law enacted in 2008 which prohibits employers from requesting “genetic information” from their employees. Specifically, it prohibits employers with 15 or...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: Staying on the Compliance Track: The 2015 Health Benefits Year in Review

In a year-end flurry of activity, Congress adopted major tax and spending legislation, which was signed into law on Friday, December 18 by President Obama. The legislation, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016...more

What's on the Horizon for Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs and the EEOC in 2016?

Employer-sponsored wellness programs have quickly become the "in" thing in the workplace. In fact, 70 percent of U.S. employers currently offer wellness programs. The programs can vary greatly, but generally include health...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress unable to come to agreement on funding the government past Dec. 11 so a short-term funding bill was passed to give more time for negotiations... Tax extenders still being discussed as a vehicle for a...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: EEOC’s Proposed Rules for Wellness Programs Under the Genetic Information...

On October 30, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published Proposed Rules on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). The Proposed Rules provide clarification about what incentives...more

The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2015

A federal appellate court recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by a paramedic who claimed that his employer unlawfully placed him on alternative duty after he refused to participate in a wellness program. According to the...more

Trustee Alert – Proposed GINA Amendment & Wellness Programs

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) restricts employers from requesting or requiring employees to disclose genetic information. A narrow exception allows an employee to voluntarily accept health services...more

A Cornucopia Of Wellness Information For Employers!

Earlier this month, I had a relatively short post on the proposed rule on wellness incentives and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I also promised a more...more

The EEOC And Wellness Programs: The Other Shoe Drops! (But It's Not That Bad)

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The GINA proposal accompanies a proposed rule on employer wellness...more

EEOC Clarifies When Employers May Offer Incentives to Employee's Spouses to Provide Genetic Information

Earlier this year, this blog brought you a look at proposed rules by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that provided some guidance on how to administer a voluntary employee wellness program without running...more

Final Rules on Overtime, Crystalline Silica, and Persuader Agreements are Expected in the First Half of 2016

On Friday, federal agencies released their Fall 2015 Regulatory Plans and Unified Agendas. These semiannual reports detail all agency rulemaking efforts at their various stages of development and implementation. The...more

Employee Wellness Technology: Cool and Risky

It should come as no surprise that one of us here at the Navigator has an Apple Watch. (Hint: It’s Kate.) Although everything about the watch pleases its owner, she is a particular fan of the Activity App that tracks calorie...more

The EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on GINA and Wellness Programs

On October 30, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as...more

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