Legal Risks Behind Workplace Wellness Programs

Law360, New York (May 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT) -- In an effort to stave off steadily increasing health insurance costs, more and more employers are implementing wellness programs to encourage employees to take affirmative steps to improve their health. Wellness programs can run the gamut from simple, purely voluntary participation programs (like offering to pay for gym memberships for employees) to detailed programs that reward or penalize employees monetarily, depending on whether or not they participate in the program and whether or not they attain certain health goals.

There is well-documented evidence that wellness programs...
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