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

Contributed by Steven Jados, January 12, 2018 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 wellness programs generally provide certain incentives to employees as part of programs intended to prevent […]

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Plans

Contributed by Suzanne Newcomb, May 23, 2016 The EEOC has finalized 2 rules relevant to employer wellness programs. The Final Rules, which can be found here and here, amend existing regulations implementing the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”), respectively, and specifically address employer-sponsored wellness programs. The ADA prohibits […]

EEOC Publishes Proposed Rules for Employer Wellness Programs

Contributed by Suzanne Newcomb The EEOC officially published proposed rules applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employer wellness programs on April 20, 2015. The public comment period ends June 19, 2015. Wellness programs, often offered as part of group health plans, are programs designed to improve employee health and reduce health care expense.  Wellness […]

EEOC Targets Employer Wellness Programs

Contributed by Jonathon Hoag The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it has filed suit against a second employer alleging the employer’s wellness program is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The EEOC’s first lawsuit of this kind was filed a couple months ago alleging the employer’s wellness program was not voluntary […]

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Comply With Existing Laws?

Contributed by Allison Sues, May 23, 2017 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 physical health of employees, but also to improve employees’ emotional health and financial security. Employers […]

Wellness Incentive Programs: Navigating the Road Paved With Good Intentions

Contributed by Beverly Alfon The recent focus on the U.S. Supreme Court’s analysis of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (ACA) has again amplified the health care debate – including, the growing trend of employer wellness incentive programs.  If the ACA is upheld, in 2014, the current 20% limit on financial incentives […]