Law360, New York (April 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Hundreds of U.S. employers are combating steep health care costs with wellness programs that encourage workers to adopt a healthier lifestyle. While the potential benefits are obvious for employers – lower health insurance costs and lower absenteeism rates – the effects on employees are still unclear.
Surveys suggest workers think it is not the employer’s role to have a say in their healthy or not-so-healthy choices, and at least one employer is being challenged in a Massachusetts court for banning smoking by employees.
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