Warming Up To EEOC Rules On Workplace Wellness Programs

Law360, New York (April 20, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT) -- On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule amending the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act as they relate to employer wellness programs. The proposed rule provides guidance on the extent to which employers may use incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs that include disability-related inquiries and/or medical examinations.

Background

In order to attempt to improve employee health and reduce health care costs, many employers that provide health coverage also offer employee health programs and activities to promote healthier lifestyles or prevent disease, referred to...

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