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EEOC Regulation of Employee Wellness Programs

Incentive-Based Wellness Programs Provide Value to Employees and Their Families

They Reward Employees for Engaging in Their Own Health Care

Incentive-based wellness programs are explicitly authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would authorize it to regulate employer wellness programs under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Any additional regulations must not inhibit the ability to offer wellness programs that are in compliance with the ACA. 

Learn More About Wellness Program Regulations:                   

One-Page Overview on the EEOC Regulation of Employee Wellness Programs

A Short PowerPoint Presentation on the EEOC Proposed Rule on Incentive-Based Wellness Programs

Comment Letter to EEOC on Wellness Programs

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Business Roundtable Recommendations

1. Any additional requirements imposed by the EEOC should not contradict existing regulations on wellness programs;

2. Wellness programs should not be overly restricted. Employers should be given flexibility in designing programs to fit their population;

3. Incentives, particularly related to smoking cessation, should not be limited below ACA requirements; and

4. “Reasonably Designed” should be defined broadly to allow for innovation.