Tag: wellness program

On August 22, 2017, in AARP v EEOC, a federal court found that regulations allowing employers to offer large incentives under workplace wellness programs were arbitrary. The court did not vacate (nullify) the rules due to concerns about disrupting employers’ existing programs. Instead the court has ordered the responsible agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…

Question: We are designing our wellness programs for this year and want to offer a wellness benefit to our non-smokers.   Are there special compliance rules surrounding wellness programs? Answer: A group health plan is allowed to offer a discount to non-smokers if it is part of formal wellness program that is non-discriminatory under HIPAA.  The Department of…

Question:  What are the rules regarding offering incentives as part of a wellness program? Answer: An employer can establish incentives to support healthy behaviors, within the parameters of the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules and requirements relating to discrimination based on health factors. There are some exceptions for wellness programs, though. In general, programs that don’t condition…