EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released two separate sets of final regulations relating to wellness program compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Despite a few recent court rulings against the EEOC’s voluntary requirements for wellness programs, the final rules generally clarify and confirm what was previously set forth in the proposed rules issued last year while expressing EEOC’s reasons for disagreeing with the court decisions. The EEOC made some significant changes as well, extending the incentive limitations and notice requirements to all wellness programs that fall under ADA or GINA, regardless of whether they are tied to a group health plan, in addition to adjusting the calculations for the 30% maximum incentive limitations.

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