EEOC Issues Guidance on Employee Wellness Programs

Next week, the EEOC will publish proposed rules addressing how the ADA applies to employee wellness programs that are part of group health plans and that include questions about employees’ health or medical examinations.  In the interim, the EEOC has issued a Fact Sheet for Small Business and Questions and Answers for the general public. The big issues addressed include: what constitutes a wellness program; medical exams and inquiries in the context of employer sponsored wellness programs; incentives for participation; and confidentiality of medical information provided in connection with wellness programs.

The fact sheet is here: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/regulations/facts_nprm_wellness.cfm

Q & A here: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/regulations/qanda_nprm_wellness.cfm

http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-16-15.cfm

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