Compliance Is Not Just Acronym Soup

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ACA, ADA, GINA, HIPAA, EEOC, AARP, GDPR – the acronyms abound and these are just a few you need to be familiar with if you’re the wellness compliance guru at your company. I’ll limit today’s discussion to two of the more recent updates you should be aware of. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)­ Basically, the… [Read More]

The Scoop on Wellness Regulations: Vendor Edition

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As if HR didn’t have enough to keep track of already, in walked the EEOC (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) with more important regulations to take into account. Recently, the EEOC provided additional guidance on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) as they relate to wellness programs, as we covered… [Read More]

The Scoop on Wellness Regulations

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More and more employers are incorporating wellness programs into their plans each year. With the growing popularity of workplace wellness, comes the inevitable (you guessed it) government regulations. Are your wellness programs compliant with the ADA, the EEOC, ACA, and HIPAA? And who is this GINA? As planning for 2017 ramps up, now is a good… [Read More]

Sorry, Did You Say Voluntary?

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A few weeks back, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules regarding how corporate wellness programs can be designed within the framework of existing anti-discrimination laws, namely the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA). The rules should serve as a roadmap on how to structure incentives… [Read More]

Wellness or Else?

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Over the last couple years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been on a litigious rampage against wellness programs. The latest on its list of failed challenges: Plastics manufacturer Flambeau. At the beginning of January, a Wisconsin District Court sided with Flambeau by ruling that its wellness program, which mandated that an employee complete a… [Read More]

Wellness Compliance is Now a Certainty

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ACA made it clear that healthcare and wellness incentives go hand in hand. Well, sort of. Benefits consultants have rolled out programs in a good faith effort to conform to the ACA. However, they have done so with one eye on EEOC action as a result of a conflict with ADA regulations prohibiting such activities…. [Read More]

Employers: Avoid ADA Restrictions in Wellness Programs

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) could present an obstacle to Employer Sponsored Wellness Program initiatives as well as running counter to PPACA and national wellness trends. But a recent court ruling provides guidance on how a mandatory wellness program can be introduced within ADA rules. The ADA generally limits the circumstances in which an employer… [Read More]