Designing Your Wellness Plan to Avoid Enforcement Action and Litigation Risks

Webinar: ID# 1020198
Recorded CD
About This Course:
The EEOC has brought several enforcement actions against employers based on their wellness plans. In addition, the DOL has increased its enforcement and review of wellness plans. In June 2013, the IRS, DOL, and HHS issued new HIPAA nondiscrimination regulations governing wellness plans. These regulations make significant changes and clarifications to the prior regulations. While implementing the provision in health care reform allowing for greater incentives, the regulations also impose a number of new requirements on wellness plan design.

This course will review the EEOC and DOL enforcement actions and regulatory developments. It also provides an overview of the statutes, case law, and other requirements of wellness plans. This webinar is a must for those who advise employers on wellness plans and policies designed to promote a healthier workplace.


Overview of Wellness Plans
  • Types of Wellness Plans
  • Tools
  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Biometrics
  • Disease Management
  • Goals
  • Risk Identification
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Reducing the Cost of Chronic Disease
  • Incentives
  • Reduction in Health Insurance Premiums, Coinsurance or Copays
  • Cash
  • Other Rewards
Legal Limitations and Enforcement Risks
  • EEOC
  • ADA the Americans With Disabilities Act
  • GINA the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • DOL
  • HIPAA the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • GINA the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • ERISA the Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • IRS
  • The Code the Internal Revenue Code
  • Additional Compliance Points
  • Other Federal Laws
  • Laws
About The Presenters

Timothy D.S. Goodman
  • Partner with the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Advises employers on all aspects of employee benefits
  • Advises employers on DOL, IRS and EEOC guidance on wellness plans, Affordable Care Act questions, and other health and welfare matters
  • Advises employers on severance, benefit matters related to reductions in force, retirement plan corrections and compliance, and deferred compensation
  • Focuses on hospital and health care employers, agricultural and cooperative employers, and tax-exempt employers
  • Former president of the Midwest Pension Conference and the Minneapolis Pension Council
  • Member of the American Bar Association’s Tax and Labor and Employment Sections, and the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Section and Tax Section
  • Frequent speaker on health care reform, wellness, and benefit and compensation topics
Mark J. Kinney
  • Founded The Kinney Firm in 2010, now Kinney & Larson LLP; former partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • 22 years’ experience
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America and Best Law Firms in America
  • Advises vendors of wellness plans and employers considering wellness plans
  • Advises venture capital funds in the health care industry, third party administrators, health care purchasing coalitions, and health care plans
  • Expertise in ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, GINA, the Affordable Care Act, and Internal Revenue Code provisions related to health and welfare benefits
  • Frequent speaker on Affordable Care Act implementation, wellness plans, and health and welfare benefit topics
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Section
Designing Your Wellness Plan to Avoid Enforcement Action and Litigation Risks
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