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.
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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.