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Hot Topics in Employer Health Benefits

As we start looking forward to 2017, and as many employers head into annual enrollment periods this fall, employers need to be aware of recent changes in the law that have a significant impact on health benefit plans. This...more

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

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

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

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

Significantly More Information to Be Collected Under the Proposed Form 5500

If adopted, the changes would be effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The revisions affecting pension plans, and details regarding changes to Schedules H and I that affect funded plans (such as...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

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

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 Issues Final Rules on Wellness Program Incentives Under the ADA, GINA

On May 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) finalized regulations on wellness program incentives permissible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”), which prohibits discrimination...more

Privacy Tip #38 – Genetic Privacy and the Use of Genomic Information

Genetic information is basically one’s DNA sequence, which includes health information and genetic information about the individual and their family. It is at the core of one’s individual privacy, as well as providing...more

Employment Law - June 2016

OSHA's Electronic Submission Rule Finalized - Why it matters - Three years in the making, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a new rule mandating the electronic submission of injury...more

Final EEOC Wellness Plan Rules – The Headache Continues

Many employers have implemented wellness programs to encourage employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle and reduce medical claims. In recent years employers have revised wellness programs to comply with final regulations under...more

Practical Steps for Employers Responding to the EEOC’s Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

An employer may offer financial incentives to its employees for participating in employee wellness programs that receive health-related information, subject to certain limits. On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules Regarding Workplace Wellness Programs To Better Align HIPAA's Employee Wellness Program Goals And EEOC's...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final rules regarding employer-sponsored wellness programs. The issue arose at the intersection of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA),...more

EEOC's Final Wellness Rule: What is Permitted?

Please see Infographic below for more information. ...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules Regarding Employer Sponsored Wellness Program Compliance With ADA And GINA

In May, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published final rules outlining how employer sponsored wellness programs can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Genetic Information...more

EEOC Releases Final Wellness Program Regulations Related to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with...

In Depth - The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released final wellness plan regulations providing guidance on how employer wellness programs may comply with Title I of the Americans with...more

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