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EEOC Wellness Rules Summary Available for Download

11/03/16

  09:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 294 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives

EEOC Wellness Rules Summary Available for Download

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Back in May, MedBen highlighted new wellness rules from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the use of incentives to promote participation in corporate wellness programs. These rules, which go into effect on or after January 1, 2017, place a limit on how much financial incentive employers can offer to their employees to encourage healthier habits.

To give more detail about the EEOC rules and how it will affect their wellness plans, the MedBen Compliance team has put together a summary document containing additional information. The document was recently e-mailed to our clients by their Group Service Representatives, but in case you missed it, it is also available for download from the MedBen website.

As was noted in the earlier article, the EEOC rules provide guidance to ensure that wellness programs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The ADA prohibits employers from making disability-based inquiries or requiring medical exams for employment or benefit purposes, while GINA restricts employers from requesting, requiring or purchasing genetic information which includes information about an employee's or family member's disease state or medical history.

Common to both ADA and GINA rules is a set limit on wellness incentives that employees can offer to employees and their spouses ‒ no more than 30% of the total cost of self-only coverage. It's important to note, however, that this amount must take into account both financial and in-kind incentives, such as time-off awards, prizes, and any other item of value.

MedBen is currently assisting WellLiving clients that need to make changes and working with them to ensure that their wellness programs are compliant with the new rules, but all clients with questions regarding the final EEOC rules are welcome to contact Caroline Fraker at 800-851-0907 or cfraker@medben.com.

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