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A Wellness Win for Employers, But Will it Last?

As explained in our April 21, 2015 and May 9, 2015 blog posts, wellness programs that are part of a group health plan are subject to the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules, and other state and federal laws including, but not...more

Popularity and Pitfalls of Wellness Plans for Employers

Recently, wellness programs have gained popularity in the workplace. Approximately one half of all employers offer some kind of wellness program. This is due, in part, to the notion that healthy employees are more productive...more

The Increasingly Complex Law of Wellness Program Incentives

Case Study. A manufacturer wants to promote better health among its workforce by implementing a wellness program. Trying to keep it simple, the employer tells employees that they will receive a $50 per month credit toward...more

Big Data and Employee Health Care

The average American worker has nearly a library worth of data existing digitally. What if employers could use such information to lower the cost of employee health care? A growing number of businesses are asking that very...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

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 Grapples with Proposed Rule Comments on Wellness Program; Additional Guidance Expected Soon

As we previously reported, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released Proposed Rules on April 16, 2015 to provide guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on permissible employer incentives...more

Going To The Heart Of Workplace Health Programs And Apps

The wearable technology market is booming and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. From watches to glasses, to chips and sensors built into clothing and accessories, wearable technology seems to have reached every...more

Are Wellness Programs Worth It?

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EEOC Proposes Wellness Program Rule

In April 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they...more

EEOC Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

On April 18, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule on the treatment of employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The proposed rule amends the ADA...more

What Does the Latest EEOC Guidance Mean for Wellness Plans?

For years employers have been designing their wellness plans to satisfy the requirements of the HIPAA regulations. While the HIPAA compliance roadmap was clear, there was uncertainty as to when a wellness plan would satisfy...more

Multiple Departments Issue Guidance on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made headlines during the second half of 2014 by attacking employers' wellness programs that require employees to undergo certain medical testing or be penalized....more

The EEOC Provides Welcome Guidance on Employment-Based Wellness Plans

On April 16, 2015, the EEOC published proposed regulations setting forth its position on the use of physical examinations under employment-based wellness programs. This comes as welcome guidance to employers who have...more

EEOC Issues Important Proposed Rule Governing Employer Wellness Programs

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a proposed rule further addressing increasingly popular employer “wellness programs.” These programs generally incentivize employees to make...more

EEOC clarifies rules for wellness programs

Wellness programs in the workplace - Increasingly, employers are putting in place wellness programs aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing disease among the workforce. Often they are offered in...more

Wellness Programs: Agencies Issue Helpful Guidance but Look Before You Leap

Recent studies indicate that wellness programs significantly improve the health of workers. If only it were so easy to implement a wellness program . . . As explained in our July 17, 2013 Benefits Update – Final...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs and the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its long-awaited proposed rule providing guidance on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employer-sponsored wellness programs....more

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Program Amendments to ADA Regulations

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its highly anticipated proposed regulations (to be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015, for notice and comment) setting forth...more

Five Health Care Developments Important to Employers

Perhaps never before have employers faced so many challenges when it comes to health care issues affecting their workforce. Congress may try to amend the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The Supreme Court of the United States is...more

Wellness Watch

According to reports, more than half of all businesses with over 200 employees ask employees to participate in biometric screening, and nearly 10% of them provide a financial incentive for employees to participate. As a part...more

Federal Judge Rejects EEOC's Attempt to Block Honeywell's Wellness Program

Last week, EmployNews reported a lawsuit filed against Honeywell by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenging a new wellness program the agency alleged violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the...more

Considering a Wellness Program for Employees? Make Sure You Do Not Violate the ADA or Other Laws in the Process

Rising health insurance costs have bedeviled employers for years. Wellness programs represent one tool designed to increase employee health and reduce health insurance costs. The Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) so called...more

The 2014 Forecast for Employers

The year 2013 was anything but boring for labor and employment lawyers: delay of the Affordable Care Act employer mandate, changes to the National Labor Relations Board and questions about the validity of hundreds of past...more

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