Employer Wellness Programs: A Look At The New Rules

Law360, New York (June 6, 2016, 11:45 AM EDT) -- Kathy A. Lawler

Ajay Gogna On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published final rules amending the regulations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the regulations under Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as they relate to employer wellness programs.

In general, the term "wellness program" refers to health promotion and disease prevention programs and activities offered to employees. Wellness programs that ask employees to answer disability-related inquiries, such as by completing a health risk assessment (HRA) and/or undergoing medical examinations, including biometric screenings for risk factors (such as high blood...

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