EEOC Regs Clear Path For Widespread Wellness Plan Use

By Vin Gurrieri (May 16, 2016, 10:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday finalized rules outlining how employers can offer limited incentives for wellness plans without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act, providing a road map that attorneys say will allow the use of wellness programs to continue gaining steam.

The commission unveiled a pair of rules that generally allow employers to provide limited financial and other incentives in exchange for having employees answer disability-related questions or take medical examinations as part of a wellness program, or having employees' spouses provide information about their current or past health status.

These rules provide a good...

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