Future Of Wellness Program Regs Murky After Block Denied

Law360, New York (January 9, 2017, 7:35 PM EST) -- New Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules setting parameters for employer-sponsored wellness programs took effect Jan. 1, days after surviving a preliminary injunction request rooted in worries they threaten worker privacy. The rules’ long-term future, however, remains in doubt, as the judge left the door open for a permanent injunction down the road based on the rules' “complex interaction” with various federal laws.

In May, the EEOC gave employers long-sought clarity when it provided them a framework for encouraging employees to take part in wellness programs without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Acts.

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