New EEOC rules announced for employment wellness

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new rules for incentivizing workers who choose to participate in workplace wellness programs, the agency announced on April 16.

The EEOC said employers can reward their employees through up to 30% of health insurance premiums if they participate in wellness programs, such as weight and cholesterol management. To reconcile possible conflicts between the rules and employment discrimination laws under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC stated that wellness programs should not be designed to discriminate based on disability. EEOC’s rules also stressed that employers are strongly prohibited from threatening or intimidating workers to participate, nor may they sanction employees with disciplinary action like suspension or termination.

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