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EEOC PUBLISHES PROPOSED RULES ON HOW ADA RELATES TO WELLNESS PROGRAMS

“Many employers offer corporate wellness programs to promote healthier lifestyles, prevent disease and reduce healthcare costs. These wellness programs may include, for example, nutrition classes, on-site exercise facilities, weight-loss and smoking-cessation programs, and/or coaching to help employees meet personal fitness goals.

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking describing how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to such wellness programs that (a) are part of group health plans, and/or (b) include questions about employees’ health or medical examinations. The Federal Register officially published the proposed rule on April 20, 2015. The EEOC will take public comments on its proposal until June 19, 2015 before issuing final regulations.”

 

 

Originally posted by JD Supra. Full can be found at http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/eeoc-publishes-proposed-rule-on-how-the-86245/