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Wellness Rules Under the ADA – Will There Ever Be Certainty?

by Snell & Wilmer on

We previously blogged about the EEOC’s final rules, published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2016, that explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to employer sponsored wellness programs. These rules...more

2019 Health Plan Design Considerations

by Winstead PC on

2019 HDHP and HSA Limits - Since many employers are working on their health plan designs for calendar year 2019 during the month of May, the Internal Revenue Service just issued the HDHP and HSA limits shown below for...more

Agencies Release Regulatory Roadmap for 2018 and Beyond

by Littler on

The latest Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("spring agenda") continues this administration's trend of adding fewer new rules and reexamining older ones. ...more

What Now for Wellness?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If you’re an employer trying to sponsor a wellness program for 2019, then the recent kerfuffle between the AARP and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) affects you. The AARP has challenged the EEOC’s...more

May Benefits Roundup

by Winstead PC on

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule is Finally Dead or Is It? The U.S. Department of Labor (“DoL”) permitted the Fifth Circuit’s decision overruling the fiduciary rule in its entirety on a nationwide basis due to...more

Wellness Programs: Where are we now?

by Verrill Dana LLP on

Wellness programs are governed by overlapping and, at times, maddeningly inconsistent regulations and agency guidance. Litigation challenging the wellness program rules issued by the EEOC in 2016 has added another layer of...more

Health Plans – A Pain to Administer But Appreciated by Employees

by Snell & Wilmer on

Administering health plans is not the easiest task. Such plans are subject to an alphabet soup of laws, including but not limited to ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, COBRA, HIPAA, GINA, Mental Health Parity, the ADA, the...more

Will Your Company’s Wellness Programs Be Compliant In 2019?

Most companies are genuinely concerned about their employees’ health and well-being. In an effort to incentivize employees to share in that concern, many companies have instituted wellness programs. Significantly, due to a...more

10 Ways Employers Give Their Employees A "Bad Hair Day"

Have I missed any? A recent poll of 2,000 American workers said that people have an average of about 60 bad days a year. (People actually keep track of such things? And, define "bad.") Of those 60-some bad days a...more

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

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