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Open Enrollment Looms and ACA Changes are Uncertain – What are Employers to Do?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On the morning of July 28, 2017, another effort to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) failed in a 49-51 Senate vote when three Republican senators voted against the bill. Attempts to pass even a trimmed down...more

Here We Go Again - The Senate’s Health Reform Bill

by Winstead PC on

Late last week the Senate released its version of a health reform bill (the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” or the “Senate bill”) to fix the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”). The Senate Bill...more

Scary as Dinosaurs: California’s Genetic Information Discrimination Code

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Genetic discrimination lawsuits can result in substantial costs. California employers should regularly review their hiring and employment policies and procedures to ensure that they are not exposing...more

Wearables And Wellness: Considerations For Connected Employers

Wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness trackers have become increasingly popular as the technology matures and the devices become more affordable. Many forward-thinking employers, with an eye towards controlling...more

IRS Issues Warning on Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Rewards

by Carlton Fields on

Employers offering wellness program rewards should be aware that some medical insurance salespeople are recommending arrangements that fail to comply with applicable law....more

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Comply With Existing Laws?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The National Business Group on Health’s Eighth Annual Survey on Corporate Health recently revealed the growing prevalence of workplace wellness programs. Many such programs are expanding their aim to not only better the...more

HR 1313 and the Future of Employee Wellness Programs

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 8, the House’s Education and Workforce Committee passed a bill, HR 1313 – Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. The bill, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx in order to “reaffirm existing law to...more

Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

HIPAA Refresher for Workplace Wellness Programs

Now more than ever, workplace wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular among employers. A common concern many employers have is how to design a meaningful workplace program intended to improve the health of...more

EEOC and Orion Energy Systems, Inc. Settle Wellness Case

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 5, 2017 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had reached a settlement with Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (Orion) relating to the EEOC’s claims that Orion’s wellness program violated the...more

Be Wary of Designs to Avoid Employment Taxes through Wellness Plan Benefits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We are aware that employers are being marketed various types of benefit arrangements designed to reduce the employer’s tax obligations by using a combination of wellness programs, voluntary benefits, and cafeteria plans. Not...more

March Flabness: Wellness Programs, the ADA, and the Rising Costs of Employer-Provided Health Coverage

March Madness presents one of those occasions where your employees’ diets and exercise may fall by the wayside, and by the wayside, we mean potentially off a cliff. And when this happens, your workforce is increasing not just...more

American Health Care Act Pulled From House Floor: No New Legislation to Repeal and Replace ACA

by Perkins Coie on

The much-anticipated vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the “American Health Care Act,” also known as “AHCA” or the “Obamacare replacement bill,” was cancelled last week, leaving many to ask “what now?” As noted in...more

March Fadness: Wearable Tech in the Workplace

Wearable technology continues to do a full court press on the marketplace and in the process, the step counters of the world and health apps tied to devices capable of tracking real-time biostatistics, are revolutionizing the...more

Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R....more

Getting Fit at Work: The Ongoing Battle Over Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The History of Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs - With the Affordable Care Act’s explicit encouragement, it is no surprise that employer-sponsored wellness programs have been on the rise. However, they have come up...more

House Bill Would Allow Employers to Require and Access Genetic Testing Results

House bill HR 1313, introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R.N.C.), proposes to allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing, then allow employers to see the results, and impose financial penalties on...more

Could Wellness Programs Be Making Your Company “Sick?” The Potential Perils of Collecting Biometric Data About Employees

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Wearable devices that track and record personal biometric data are hardly new to the technology scene. In addition to the now-commonplace electronic pedometers and heart rate monitors, there are portable and wearable devices...more

New House Bill Would Open Door for Genetic Testing in Wellness Programs

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Under a new proposed H.R. bill, employers may be able to strongly encourage employees to participate in genetic testing. H.R. 1313, entitled the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, was recently approved by a House of...more

[Events] Thompson Coburn's Annual Labor, Employment, and Benefits Law Seminar - April 6th, St. Louis, MO

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Navigating human resources issues in the workplace can often feel like being launched into space at hyperspeed without a co-pilot. To gain insights on the full galaxy of employment and benefits laws, touch down and connect...more

House Legislation Seeks to Harmonize Wellness Programs with ADA and GINA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On March 2, 2017, in an attempt to clear the murky waters surrounding wellness programs, Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness...more

EEOC Asks Court To Throw Out Wellness Lawsuit Filed By AARP

I’ve written about the lawsuit filed by the AARP against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, seeking to invalidate the EEOC regulations relating to wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act and...more

Workplace Law Regs On White House Chopping Block

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order requiring every federal agency to establish a “Regulatory Reform Task Force” to eliminate what he considers to be unnecessary and burdensome regulations hampering the...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2016

by Littler on

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2016 (hereafter “Report”), our sixth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

EEOC News in 2017

by Sands Anderson PC on

EEOC Wellness Program Notice Requirements for 2017 - If you are not doing so already, be aware that as of January 1, 2017, employers offering voluntary wellness programs must provide employees a notice in accordance with...more

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