Wellness Programs

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The Unhealthy Side Effects of Employer Wellness Programs

I love wellness programs. I am a sucker for discounts of any sort, and I especially like the idea of rewarding healthy behavior. My bicycle has a tag that logs my work commute when I pass the electronic stations throughout...more

EEOC Files Two Recent Lawsuits Challenging Employer Wellness Programs

The Affordable Care Act creates new incentives to promote employer wellness programs. However, employers should not rush to establish such programs without first considering the implications of the Americans with...more

Implementing An Employee Wellness Program? Be Careful - The EEOC Is Interested

According to recent studies, over 90% of employers offer some type of wellness incentives to their employees. This is a significant jump from 2009 when only a little over half of employers had employee wellness programs, and...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC...more

EEOC Files Its Second Complaint Challenging an Employer’s Wellness Program

Just six weeks after the EEOC sued Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin claiming that Orion’s wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Flambeau Over Wellness Program

Threats of Insurance Cancellation and Discipline Make Program Involuntary and Violate Disabilities Act, Federal Agency Charges - MADISON, Wisc. - Flambeau, Inc., a Baraboo, Wis.-based plastics manufacturing company, is...more

EEOC Sues Alleging Employer’s “So-Called Voluntary” Wellness Plan Violated ADA

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., filed last month, the EEOC alleged that an employer violated the ADA because the employer: (1) subjected an employee to a health risk assessment and...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 7 of 11 – Joey Chestnut Gets Engaged, Wins Yet Another Hotdog Eating Contest and … then...

61 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Let me repeat: 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That’s an incredible 6.1 hotdogs per minute! But for competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut, it was just another day at the office. Chestnut took home...more

EEOC Sues Employer for Allegedly Coercing Employee to Participate in Wellness Program

Employers continue to struggle to understand the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s position with regard to their wellness programs. While conceding the lawful use of such programs and the benefits achieved in terms of...more

Is The EEOC Off The Rails With This New “Wellness” Lawsuit? Don’t Think So.

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems, Inc., over its wellness program and its treatment of ex-employee Wendy Schobert, who was not a fan of the...more

EEOC Sick Over Wellness Programs

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against an employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) related to its maintenance of a wellness program. Although far from a...more

Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something?

Is your body trying to tell you something? Maybe we should stop and listen! If you are like me and like most over-achievers, you don’t sleep much. You push yourself to finish the brief, to write the article or to read the...more

Employee Benefits: Important Wellness Plan and Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Parity Effective Dates Have Arrived!

Employers and insurers offering medical plans: take note! Two important final regulations issued jointly by the IRS, DOL and HHS (the “Departments”) apply to plan years (or, in the individual market, policy years) beginning...more

Coming Soon To A (Computer) Screen Near You: Your Doctor

Both wellness visits and behavioral health visits would be added to the list of Medicare-covered telemedicine services. And it’s not just follow-up wellness visits that would be covered. Even initial visits qualify,...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 29: Wellness Programs, Smoking Cessation and e-Cigarettes

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) generally prohibits discrimination in eligibility, benefits, or premiums based on a health factor, except in the case of certain wellness programs. Final...more

Guidance On Employer Incentives For Wellness Participation Is On The Way, Says EEOC

Hallelujah! The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced this week that it plans to issue guidance on employers’ ability to offer incentives to employees based on their participation in wellness programs, or whether...more

Significant Employment Law Changes and Trends for 2014 and the Need to Update Related Practices, Policies and Forms

Employers constantly face legal compliance and integration challenges in today’s environment of increasingly numerous and complex employment laws. We identify some of the more significant trends and recent changes below. ...more

2014: The Affordable Care Act Is Alive and Well – Are You Ready?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced yet another delay in the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While this latest suspension in the enforcement of...more

Another Benefits Grab Bag of Guidance and Reminders – Health and Retirement Plans

Preventive Care Expansion for Calendar Plan Year 2015 for Non-Grandfathered or Non-Exempt Plans - The preventive care coverage requirements were updated in September 2013 to include a requirement that there must be...more

Does Your Wellness Plan Need a (Legal) Check-Up?

Wellness plans must comply with complex final regulations that were issued last year by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). To help plans from falling off...more

Welcomed Guidance on Wellness Programs

On June 3, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) issued final regulations regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and...more

Recent Guidance on Wellness Programs Clarifies Premium Surcharges for Tobacco Use

As previously reported, the federal agencies responsible for drafting the rules implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 50: Wellness Programs, Affordability, and Premium Tax Credits

The Affordable Care Act imposes a series of interrelated requirements on individuals, employers and providers. Individuals must maintain coverage or face the prospect of a tax penalty; carriers must offer and renew coverage....more

Welcome 2014: Five Employment Law Trends You Need to Know

Now that we have reviewed the laws that are affecting California employers beginning in 2014, we cast an eye forward to examine employment issues that could impact your workplace in the New Year. Based on our review of...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

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