On Thursday, January 29th, 2015 the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the US Senate held a hearing entitled “Employer Wellness Programs: Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs” addressing the recent lawsuits the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed against certain employers for their wellness programs violating aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These lawsuits were filed before EEOC issued guidance to employers to clarify how they should be reconciling their programs with the Affordable Care Act and the ADA.
NCPPA is encouraging the EEOC to issue its guidance as soon as possible so that employers understand about how they should design their programs to be in line with the ADA, the Affordable Care Act and other applicable federal law. Comprehensive worksite wellness programs have an important role in promoting employee health, improving the culture of health in the workplace and increasing job productivity. But it is important that these programs are in line with federal law and protect employees’ rights.