Wellness Programs

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Seventh Circuit Dismissal Signals Likely End to EEOC's Challenges to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) raised employers’ eyebrows when it filed several lawsuits challenging the validity of employer-sponsored wellness programs. The EEOC contended that such...more

New IRS Memo Concludes Benefits Paid by Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans May Be Taxable Income

On January 20, 2017, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity health plans. In the Memorandum, the OCC concludes that...more

Seventh Circuit Dismissal Signals Likely End to EEOC’s Challenges to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) raised employers’ eyebrows when it filed several lawsuits challenging the validity of employer-sponsored wellness programs. The EEOC contended that such...more

Recent Court Decision on Wellness Programs Creates More Uncertainty

On January 25, 2017, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc. In Flambeau, the EEOC claimed the employer’s wellness program...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2017

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case. IRS...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

Is EEOC Regulation of Wellness Plans Legal? — Seventh Circuit Declines to Say Yes

The Seventh Circuit has stymied an EEOC attempt to declare that employer wellness plans violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The court decided that the issues raised by the suit are moot, and deferred to...more

EEOC v. Flambeau, Judicial Restraint, and the (Uncertain) Future of Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

On January 25, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued it much-anticipated decision in EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc. This case involved the regulation of employer-sponsored wellness plans and programs. Since 2006, the rules...more

Wellness Benefits Case Arising Before the 2016 ADA Regulations Is Dismissed

The debate on the interaction between wellness programs, the ADA prohibition on involuntary medical exams and the ADA safe harbor relating to employee benefit plans will not be clarified. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #5

Over the weekend, U.S. employers reacted to the new administration’s executive order restricting entry to the United States by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. Starbucks pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over...more

Wellness Program - Key Concerns for Evolving Compliance

Wellness programs are an increasingly popular way for employers to encourage their workforce to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Partly because of their rising popularity, various rules have developed in recent years to ensure...more

Seventh Circuit Declines To Address The EEOC’s Challenge To The Legality Of Employer’s Wellness Plan

Seyfarth Synopsis: After an employee lost his employer-funded health insurance because he failed to complete a medical examination required by his employer, the EEOC sued the employer under the ADA’s ban on involuntary...more

Seventh Circuit Delivers Blow to EEOC Wellness Program Challenge, But Avoids Ruling on ADA Safe Harbor

On January 25, 2017, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc., the Seventh Circuit rejected an EEOC challenge to an employer wellness program. The circuit court had the opportunity to address whether an...more

Key Legal Issues Business Leaders and In-House Counsel Need to Know for 2017

1. With Wage and Hour Rules in Flux, Employers Need to Remain Vigilant - Expanding wage and hour obligations will continue to be a top concern for employers in 2017. As most employers are aware, in May 2016, the United...more

Homework for 2017 – Making Sure Your District’s Wellness Policy is Up to Date!

Has your district finished its 2016 homework? Is the date June 30, 2017, circled on your calendar? If not, maybe it should be because June 30, 2017, is the deadline by which all local educational agencies that participate...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Repealing-Replacing the Affordable Care Act: Considerations for Employers with Self-Funded Plans

Over the last several years we have seen employers, especially those with self-funded health plans, evolve in their approach to wellness programs. Programs have grown from gathering data – e.g., steps on a pedometer,...more

Employment Law This Week: Wellness Program Regulations, Cumulative Liquidated Damages, ACA Transgender Discrimination Rules, Form... [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

AARP Suffers a Setback in its Challenge to the EEOC’s Wellness Regulations

As previously discussed, AARP has filed suit against the EEOC and challenged the agency’s wellness regulations.See...more

EEOC issues guidance on new wellness notice mandated for 2017

Effective as of the first day of the plan year that began on January 1, 2017, or after, employers maintaining wellness programs that collect employee health information must satisfy a new notice requirement. The EEOC has...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #2

Last week, the Department of Justice issued a release describing efforts to increase diversity in law enforcement. The release states that “Underlying this work is a recognition that while greater workforce diversity alone...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Q&A with Paula Williams: Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs

Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs - Q: A federal court recently heard a case involving a corporate wellness program. What was the basis for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit...more

Court Won’t Block EEOC’s Wellness Rules — For Now.

A federal judge in the District of Columbia has denied the AARP’s request for a preliminary injunction against the wellness rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last May. As a result, the EEOC rules —...more

UPDATE: District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in AARP Suit to Block Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judge Bates) has denied AARP’s request to block the implementation of the EEOC’s final wellness regulations pending a decision on the merits. As we have discussed...more

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