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EEOC PLACES EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAMS UNDER SCRUTINY

Wellness programs are surging in popularity as employers seek to reduce steadily rising healthcare costs.  But could a well-intentioned wellness program end up costing you? With open enrollment for medical plans right around the corner for most employers, now is the time to ensure your wellness program complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and EEOC guidelines.  A pair of EEOC complaints filed in Wisconsin should put employers on alert that the agency is placing employee wellness programs under its microscope to determine if the programs potentially violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  These two cases are the first the agency has ever filed over wellness programs.

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