Employee Wellness: Making Sure Your Program Is Effective and Legally Sound Under the New Rule
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In June, a final rule appeared in the Federal Register which addresses pieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It also defined new parameters for employee wellness programs, particularly directing how they must be designed and administered to make sure they are equally available and fair to employees, and don't discriminate based on health factors.
Once just a "nice to have option" in a healthcare package, employee wellness programs are now the norm at most companies. A recent study of 800 large and mid-size U.S. companies revealed that 83 percent offer employees incentives to participate in programs that make them more aware of their health. Of those employers, 79 percent offer incentives in the form of a reward, 5 percent offer it as a consequence, and 16 percent off a mix of both.
But employer attitudes toward program design are shifting. According the study, 58 percent of employers say they plan to impose consequences on those employees who are not taking adequate charge of their health.
With that many employers participating in wellness programs, it is essential to know how the regulations are changing. Not getting up to speed with compliance could mean your well-meaning efforts to improve your employees' health and lower costs could instead backfire and land you in the middle of a costly lawsuit.
Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:
- An overview of the final rule, including what it says, what it means, and the kinds of changes you need to start thinking about
- What you should consider in terms of financial incentives for your employees
- When the new regs take effect - and what milestones you'll need to hit to be ready
- The two categories that wellness programs are divided into, participatory and health-contingent, and what they mean
- How to calculate if your wellness program rewards and/or penalties comply with the new rule (and how to get them there if they don't)
- What "benign discrimination" is and when it's OK
- Examples of programs that fly under the new rule, and those that don't - and why
- What the phrase "reasonable design" means for you
- Where employee wellness programs are headed in light of this new rule, and how you can be sure your company is leading the way when it comes to employee engagement
- And much more
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the risks and rewards associated with employee wellness programs, and how to keep your employees healthy and your organization in compliance. Register now for this informative event risk free.
About your presenter:
Emily Richards, founder and CEO of Sade Wellness, oversees business development, directs creative initiatives, and formulates the strategy for Sade's client base. As a fitness and nutrition enthusiast, Ms. Richards embraces the importance of a life balance in body, mind, and spirit. Her goal is to lead the charge with her hand-selected team to help bring health, wellness, and balance to the workplace. Prior to founding Sade Wellness, Ms. Richards was founding principal of Drew Consulting, LLC, a boutique strategic marketing firm that provided traditional and strategic marketing, public relations, and advertising expertise to firms ranging from small start-up ventures to Fortune 250 companies. Her strategy expertise encompasses demographic targeting, market research, feasibility studies, competitive market strategy development, and environment analysis. Her tactical marketing skills include traditional marketing, brand positioning, public relations, advertising, and event planning. Ms. Richards holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Auburn University and an MBA from Pace University.
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