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Weekly Round Up – February 4, 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

Mercifully, this has not been a week of big OSHA developments, so we focus on practical observations on safety compliance and on managing OSHA inspections. Because safety professionals in particular, and managers in general,...more

Beware: HIPAA Applies To The Health Plans You Never Knew You Had (Part 2: Wellness Programs)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many employers who offer wellness programs to their employees may not have considered compliance with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules (collectively, “HIPAA Rules”), since they don’t think of their...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2018

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January 2018. ...more

Wellness Program Uncertainty Continues

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The US District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled to vacate the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wellness program regulations effective January 1, 2019. In August 2017, the same court ruled that...more

The Fate Of The EEOC’s Wellness Regulations Is Still Uncertain

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In October 2016, AARP sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) under the Administrative Procedures Act (“APA”) arguing that there was no explanation for the shift in the EEOC’s position relating to what makes...more

A New Year, A New Wellness Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Year’s resolutions typically address health and well-being. Many among us have resolved this year to get off the couch, to sweat a bit more often to the “oldies,” to meditate and be mindful, and to eat...more

Back to the Drawing Board: Employer Wellness Program Uncertainty in Light of AARP v. EEOC

by K&L Gates LLP on

Despite a rapidly growing and changing compliance landscape, employers have continued to offer wellness programs in an effort to control rising health-care costs and improve employees’ overall health and productivity. In...more

Federal Court Strikes Down Certain EEOC Wellness Program Regulations, Effective January 1, 2019

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In a recent decision with a nation-wide effect, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down certain provisions of the EEOC’s Wellness Program regulations. As we have previously discussed, workplace...more

Update on Employer Wellness Incentives

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Employers sponsoring wellness plans may see changes to the regulations authorizing these programs over the next year in light of a recent federal district court decision. Background - Last summer, a federal district...more

Federal Court Nixes EEOC's Wellness Rules But Delays Effective Date

In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adopted regulations that limit the amount of incentives employers can provide employees to participate in wellness programs under the companies’ group medical insurance...more

Employment Law This Week®: Changes at the NLRB, New Tax Bill, EEOC Wellness Rules, New California Laws

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

Be Prepared: Changes To Workplace Wellness Programs Coming In 2019

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Though still a year away, employee health plans are in for significant change beginning January 1, 2019. This modification is the result of a longstanding argument about plan administration. ...more

Federal Court Vacates Incentive Provisions of EEOC Wellness Regulations Beginning in 2019

by Clark Hill PLC on

On December 20, 2017, Judge John D. Bates of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order vacating the incentive provisions of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Court Vacates Parts Of EEOC Wellness Rules, Effective 1/1/19

You snooze, you lose, the court said. (In so many words.) Remember the AARP v. EEOC case? That's the one in which the AARP challenged the regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addressing incentives for...more

Review, Revise or Rescind – Agency Plans and Unified Agenda Reveal More Regulatory Editing is in Store for 2018

by Littler on

The Trump administration's Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("regulatory agenda"), released on December 14, 2017, indicates agencies are taking a hard look at existing rules, and treading lightly with new...more

I-22- The Benefits of Benefits: A Roundtable Discussion on Trending Benefits Issues for 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From tax and health care reform to employee wellness programs to even handheld electronic devices, why should your company be interested in today's hot benefits issues? In today's episode of Employment Law Now, a roundtable...more

Checking In On GINA: Revisiting the EEOC’s Rules on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by Fisher Phillips on

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), as well as under the...more

Promoting Wellness, Not Litigation

With ever-increasing employer health care costs, it’s not surprising that Workplace Wellness Programs are becoming more common and comprehensive. According to Fidelity Investment’s fifth annual wellness survey, 95% of...more

Open Enrollment for 2018: Don’t Forget about HIPAA!

With open enrollment in full swing for many employers, now is a good time to review employee benefit communications. Plan sponsors of health plans are generally responsible for properly administering all of the health plan...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...more

Employment Law This Week®: Extended Leave Not Covered Under ADA, Wellness Program Regulations, Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations,...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

The ADA: Four Issues To Watch In 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you...more

Employee Wellness Developments: Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

As we alluded in our “Preparing for the Unknown: Open Enrollment 2018” blog post, employers that are finalizing their employee benefit plan designs in advance of the 2018 plan year would be well-advised to monitor the...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017 #5

Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) triumphant return to Congress on Thursday capped another busy week in Washington, D.C.: Graham-Cassidy Crashes, but Some in GOP Still Looking Down the Road. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the...more

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