Lack Of Clarity On Wellness Programs Puts Employers At Risk
By Abigail Rubenstein
Law360, New York (May 7, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT) -- As the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gears up to consider employer wellness programs, attorneys say the lack of guidance on what constitutes a voluntary program has left companies at risk of violating anti-discrimination laws by inadvertently forcing employees to participate or to divulge private medical information.
The EEOC is set to address wellness programs and the employment laws they may implicate, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, at a public meeting Wednesday.