Wellness Regulations For Dummies (Part 2)


Category: Regulatory

This post is Part 2 of our high-level overview of the regulatory framework guiding wellness programs.  If you haven’t done so already, check out Part 1 so you can get the full scoop on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  In a… Read more »

Wellness Regulations For Dummies (Part 1)


Category: Regulatory

The second half of 2014 ended with a number complaints filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against wellness programs, including the EEOC’s first direct challenge under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against Orion Energy Systems and a challenge against Honeywell under both the ADA and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act… Read more »

Honeywell Lawsuit: When Does Employee Wellness Go Too Far?


Category: Regulatory

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Honeywell, and this isn’t the first.  The EEOC claims Honeywell required its employees and their spouses to “submit to medical tests or risk being penalized up to $4,000.”  The commission says the penalties violate both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the… Read more »

Wisconsin’s Healthy Jobs Act


Category: Regulatory

Last Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, signed the Healthy Jobs Act, putting in place state funding for worksite wellness program grants. The Healthy Jobs Act is an example of bi-partisan legislation aimed at promoting private sector employee wellness.  The bill provides grant money “equal to 30 percent of the amount that an employer pays in… Read more »

MA Small Employer Wellness Program Tax Credit


Category: Regulatory

In late 2012, Wellable was excited to hear that the Massachusetts legislature enacted legislation providing that employers that initiate a wellness programs for their employees will be eligible for an annual wellness tax credit of up to $10,000.   The credit is in the amount of up to 25% of the cost of implementing an employee… Read more »

HHS Finalizes Employer Wellness Rules


Category: Regulatory

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury released final rules describing the standards for employee wellness programs and rewards associated with them as part of the Affordable Care Act.   The final rules will take effect for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Below is a summary of… Read more »