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District Court Decision Upholds Employer’s Wellness Program But Signals Support for EEOC Positions Going Forward

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the EEOC’s claims that Orion Energy’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Although the court upheld the...more

Half a Loaf: Court Rejects ADA "Safe Harbor" But Approves Pre-Regulations Wellness Program as "Voluntary"

The EEOC’s attack on employee wellness programs as unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that began in 2014 with three lawsuits, and continued with...more

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, along with two publications, a Question and Answer and a Small Business Fact Sheet. Together, these...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – September 2016

New Guidance Affects Wellness Program Design - Over the last several months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have provided additional guidance regarding the...more

The EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance On Retaliation

Seyfarth Synopsis: For the first time since 1998, the EEOC has updated its enforcement guidance on retaliation claims brought under the various anti-discrimination laws the Commission is charged with enforcing. Observing...more

The EEOC Is At It Again – New Enforcement Guidance On Retaliation Issued On August 29, 2016

On August 29, 2016, the EEOC issued new Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation which replaces its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The Guidance also addresses the separate “interference” provision under the...more

EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues after Public Input Process

Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, to replace its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The guidance also addresses...more

Client Alert: The Physics of Wellness at Work

Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and that Law is evident in the workplace wellness environment. Employers believe they are doing right by their employees by...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

The EEOC's View of Wellness Programs

The EEOC’s regulations allayed many concerns over the permissible level of incentives/penalties, as well as the challenge of dealing with inconsistent requirements under the various laws. Originally published in The HR...more

Punching the Clock in the 21st Century: Could Your Bonuses and Promotions Be Determined By Wearable Tech?

From Apple Watches to Fitbits, the market for wearable technology has steadily increased over the years. In 2015, just under 50 million wearable devices were shipped. Additionally, the wearables market is expected to...more

EEOC Issues Wellness Disclosure Form, Q And A

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a sample “wellness notice” that employers can give to employees before they are asked to provide medical information in connection with wellness-related health risk...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2016

Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) are pleased to release the current issue of the Benefits Litigation Update (“Update”). The Update is a publication which provides four primary...more

Time for a Wellness Check on your Wellness Program? New EEOC Regulations Could Diagnose Need for Change

In light of new rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers should examine their wellness programs now (and during open enrollment for next year) to determine the potential impact of the final...more

Employer Wellness Programs: ADA, ACA, and HIPAA Compliance

Employer wellness programs are a subject of much interest to employers and receive considerable scrutiny from the EEOC and Department of Labor. Employers want to lower their health care costs by improving the health of...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: July 2016

General Data Protection Regulation Update - As reported in the April Locke Lord Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter, the European Parliament gave the final approval to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on...more

EEOC Final Rules on Wellness Programs and the ADA – Worth the Wait?

On May 16, 2016, the EEOC issued final rules that explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to employer sponsored wellness programs. Although some may welcome the guidance, others may be frustrated...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2016

Editor's Overview - In this month’s newsletter, our colleagues focus on two sets of legislative updates. First is a discussion of the IRS’s proposed Treasury Regulations prescribing rules under Section 457 of the...more

EEOC Increases Penalty for Violating Notice Posting Requirements by 150 Percent

The EEOC is increasing the penalty for failure to post the required workplace notices under Title VII, the ADA, and GINA by 150 percent. This increase means the maximum penalty for notice violations will increase to $525 per...more

Double Trouble: EEOC Increases Penalty for Posting Violations

Employers might want to wander right now into their office break rooms to review the legal rights posters on display to be sure they are current and accessible. Failure to comply with posting requirements will cost employers...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations describing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer wellness...more

EEOC Offers Guidance On Employee Wellness Program Notices Required Under New Rules

On the heels of at least two discrimination lawsuits over employer wellness programs, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two new rules on May 17, 2016 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and...more

EEOC Sample Notice for Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

You know the drill. A manufacturer advertises a new drug, warning, of course, that some users may suffer serious side effects. A year or two later, lawyers counter-advertise for new clients with those conditions who took...more

EEOC Weighs in on the Impact of the ADA and GINA On Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

On Monday, May 16 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued two final regulations providing guidance on how employer-sponsored wellness programs work with the general antidiscrimination requirements of Title...more

EEOC Issues Sample Wellness Program ADA Notice

As discussed in a prior alert, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued final rules providing guidance on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information...more

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