Wellness Incentive Rules – and the Saga Continues…

Close-up hand businessman give the small gift box

Yep, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is back to the drawing board, reworking and finalizing new wellness regulations for 2019. We know that all wellness programs must be deemed “voluntary” for employees to participate in; but employees can be penalized thousands of dollars for not doing a screening or answering personal health questions through… [Read More]

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

One of the most common questions I receive from my clients is, “how do we get more employees to participate?” While I wish my answer could be about appealing to the intrinsic value of improving one’s health, my most common responses are: Provide a more enticing incentive. Increase promotion. Get senior leadership onboard and involved…. [Read More]

Businesses Should be Cautious with Reimbursing Individual Premiums


As most of us have figured out, healthcare in the United States is undergoing very significant change. It has been fairly common for employers to reimburse individuals for health insurance purchased through COBRA or other sources. It is time for a full stop, or at least a good hard look at the practice. IRS Notice… [Read More]

Going Beyond the Incentive – Why Your Company Needs a Culture of Wellness

Strawberries Computer Culture of Wellness

Monetary incentives certainly impact participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs. But do they create a successful program? Sure, money is motivating, but just because you are handing out gift cards for preventative screening completion, doesn’t mean awareness or more importantly, employee activation, will skyrocket. Why not? In this blog we’ve discussed a culture of wellness –… [Read More]

The Waste in Wellness


Esteemed bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel recently wrote in The New York Times that he wouldn’t get his annual physical. Can’t say I’m surprised. In numerous investigations, clinicians have found that these yearly exams, which were once heralded as the pinnacle of prevention, are actually of dubious benefit. I’m not denying the occasional life-saving benefits of these… [Read More]

Bringing Corporate Wellness Home


My husband and I have always been fairly healthy, but that went out the window during our wedding planning. We ate badly, stopped exercising, and found ourselves with very little time for relaxation. Since the wedding, we’ve found that we maintained our prenuptial bad habits…until recently. In April, my husband’s company started a family fitness… [Read More]

Fitness Trackers: Fuel for Corporate Wellness?


Fitness has seen its fair share of trends. In the ‘60s it was the vibrating belt, the ‘80s saw the Thighmaster, and now, we’re inundated with cleanses, juicing, spinning, and crossfit. Just a few months ago I won a Nike FuelBand and became one of the newest walkers to join the wearable fitness tracker trend…. [Read More]

How Many Steps? I’ll Never Be Able to Do That!


Most workplace exercise programs ask employees to “walk 10,000 steps” or engage in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times per week. Uh-huh. Tell that to someone whose walking consists of parking lot to elevator to desk. Oh, and then to coffee pot. Exercise should not be intimidating. That’s what often… [Read More]

Gimme Shelter. Life Insurance?


With the hike in capital gain and regular income tax rates, the search is on for relief from higher marginal tax liabilities. Because it’s not how much you make, it’s . . .well, you know. Traditionally, clients invested in managed accounts, including a blend of stocks and bonds allocated according to the client’s specific needs…. [Read More]

The Insurance Exchange: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Recently the President and his head of HHS met with insurance industry executives to reaffirm the commitment to the insurance exchanges. The exchanges, a significant part of the ACA legislation, are intended to help individuals and small businesses more easily procure less-costly healthcare. Like many pieces of the ACA, exchanges are off to a rocky start. Many states have opted not to establish a… [Read More]