Final EEOC Rules On Wellness Programs: Strategies For A Structuring Compliant, Effective Plan Ahead Of The Effective Date
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released final rules that affect how you structure your wellness programs. For instance, the rules describe how the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to wellness programs that request employees’ or spouses’ health information.
The reach of these rules is broad. The EEOC says the rules will apply to all workplace wellness programs, including ones where employees or their family members participate without being enrolled in particular health plans. That means you should act now to ensure that your wellness plans and health promotion practices don’t run afoul of these rules, which take effect in 2017.
Join us for an in-depth webinar when attorney Jonathan Mook, a nationally recognized authority on the ADA and Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, a nationally known and widely published expert in health and productivity management—will teach you how to ensure that your wellness plan design is effective at promoting a culture of health among your workforce, without causing legal headaches under the ADA, GINA, or other federal laws.
About Your Presenters
- The new compliance obligations the EEOC’s final rules concerning the ADA and GINA impose on workplace wellness programs, and the rules’ effective date
- The legal limit concerning health-based incentives
- Legal pitfalls to avoid concerning biometric screenings and health risk assessments
- What makes an employee health program truly “voluntary”
- Confidentiality and safe harbor provisions to consider
- Wellness program design success stories, and examples of health promotion programs that miss the mark, legally and practically
- Practical strategies for promoting a culture of health that really work, and are legal under the new EEOC rules
- And much more!
Jonathan Mook, Esq.
Jonathan R. Mook is a founding partner in the firm of DiMuro Ginsberg. Mr. Mook is the author of two treatises published by Lexis Nexis, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations and Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities. He lectures nationally on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other employment law topics. In January 2015, he was named to the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Mook is the editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and a member of the Editorial Board of Bender's Labor and Employment Bulletin.
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhDRon Z. Goetzel, PhD
Vice President, Consulting and Applied Research
Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company
Dr. Ron Goetzel is vice president of consulting and applied research for Truven Health Analytics as well as the Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative research projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity. He is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. Dr. Goetzel has published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums. Over the past 20 years, his work has focused on large-scale evaluations of health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management programs in the public and private sectors, domestically and abroad. Dr. Goetzel earned his doctorate in Organizational and Administrative Studies and his M.A. in Applied Social Psychology from New York University (NYU), and his B.S. degree in Psychology from the City College of New York (CCNY). His areas of expertise include health management and disease prevention, healthcare data analysis, outcomes research, and managed care.
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