The EEOC’s Final Rules On Employer Wellness Programs

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued two final rules confirming that employers can offer limited incentives (in the form of a reward or avoidance of a penalty) to encourage employees and their spouses to participate in workplace wellness programs.  Under these new rules, employers who offer wellness programs will be allowed to provide such limited incentives to employees or their spouses to induce them to provide information about their current or past health status.  The new rules modify regulations that pertain to Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) while creating new regulations that pertain to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

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