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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

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

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

EEOC Says It Will Not Propose New Regulations for Employer Wellness Programs Until August 2018

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As we reported previously, on August 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider its regulations on employer wellness programs under the...more

Back to the Drawing Board for EEOC Wellness Program Rules

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On August 22 the U.S. District Court in D.C. granted summary judgment to the AARP which challenged the EEOC’s rules governing employer wellness programs. The rules allow an employer to offer or impose on an employee financial...more

Well, I Know a Little About Wellness Programs: Court Finds EEOC’s Incentive Limit Unsupported, Remands to Agency

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the American Association of Retired Persons, Inc.’s (AARP) challenge to the wellness program regulations issued by the U.S. Equal...more

Workplace Wellness Program Incentives Under Fire - Again

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For years, employers have been trying to find the right incentives for employees to embrace wellness programs. If incentives are too meager, employees are not likely to participate. If they are weighted too heavily in favor...more

EEOC’s Wellness Program Rules in Doubt

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q.  Are the EEOC’s Wellness Program rules still valid? A.  The ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act both permit an employer to seek medical information as part of a wellness program if the employee...more

Back To The Drawing Board? Court Tells EEOC To Reconsider Wellness Program Rules

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A federal court in the District of Columbia recently told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider two of its recent regulations surrounding incentivizing participation in employer-sponsored wellness...more

Court Directs EEOC to Reconsider Wellness Rules, Leaves Current Rules in Effect

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Tuesday, August 22, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the EEOC to revisit its controversial rules placing certain limits on employer-sponsored wellness programs under the Americans with...more

Well, Well, Wellness: DC Court Strikes Down EEOC Rules on Corporate Wellness Programs

When is a financial incentive in an employee-sponsored wellness program so high that employees can’t afford not to participate—rendering the program no longer voluntary? Well (pun intended), the District Court for the...more

EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentive Regulations Rejected by the District Court

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) regulations defining what incentives an employer may use to promote participation...more

Court Throws Monkey Wrench Into Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the EEOC to reconsider its final regulations on the extent to which an employer may offer incentives to participate in a wellness program without violating the...more

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

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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

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

IRS Issues Warning on Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Rewards

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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

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

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

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

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

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

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

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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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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