EEOC Issues Proposed Regs On Wellness Programs, ADA

Law360, New York (April 16, 2015, 12:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued proposed regulations Thursday addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to corporate wellness programs, providing highly anticipated guidance on how to use financial incentives to encourage workers to participate in wellness programs without violating federal law.

The EEOC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be officially published in the Federal Register on Monday, triggering a 60-day public comment period. The agency raised eyebrows in August and September when it filed its first-ever ADA lawsuits directly challenging wellness programs.

"The EEOC worked closely with the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury in...

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