3 Tips For Avoiding EEOC Suits Over Wellness Programs

By Ben James (October 10, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT) -- Corporate wellness programs have become increasingly attractive as employers look to reduce health care costs and avoid the Affordable Care Act's so-called Cadillac tax, but recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suits show they can come with legal risks.

Employer interest in wellness programs is currently high, not only because of cost issues and the ACA's Cadillac tax — a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health benefits set to kick in in 2018 — but because of a genuine interest in improving employees' health, which can yield productivity and attendance gains, lawyers said.

"I would say wellness programs keep me...

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