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Tag Archives: Wellness

The ADA: Four issues to watch in 2018

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, GINA, Pregnancy
Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you haven’t visited Bill’s blog, you should — he covers all aspects of the ADA, including Titles II and III, as well… Continue Reading

AARP’s wellness win against the EEOC: The “law nerd” version

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
(You’ve been warned.) As I reported Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled that the wellness regulations issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are invalid. Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia did not vacate the rules but remanded them to the EEOC to address the rules’ “failings.” Now that I’ve had a chance to read the… Continue Reading

WOW! Court invalidates EEOC wellness rules

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
I’ve written about the AARP’s challenge to the wellness rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission here, here, and here. Today, the court granted the AARP’s motion for summary judgment and denied the EEOC’s motion. I have not had a chance to read the opinion, but here it is. I’ll be back soon with some… Continue Reading

EEOC asks court to throw out wellness lawsuit filed by AARP

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
I’ve written here and here about the lawsuit filed by the AARP against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, seeking to invalidate the EEOC regulations relating to wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. On Wednesday, the EEOC filed a motion asking the court to throw out the… Continue Reading

Court won’t block EEOC’s wellness rules — for now.

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Benefits, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
A federal judge in the District of Columbia has denied the AARP’s request for a preliminary injunction against the wellness rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last May. As a result, the EEOC rules — which establish when participation in an employer-sponsored wellness program is “voluntary” within the meaning of the Americans with… Continue Reading

What is “voluntary”? Thoughts about the AARP wellness lawsuit against the EEOC

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, HIPAA Privacy
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is only the latest in a string of federal agencies who’ve been sued recently in an effort to stop their regulations from taking effect. We have the two lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Labor challenging the overtime rule that is scheduled to take effect on December 1 (argument in those… Continue Reading

EEOC issues wellness disclosure form, Q and A

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a sample “wellness notice” that employers can give to employees before they are asked to provide medical information in connection with wellness-related health risk assessments or biometric screenings. The notice provides information about employees’ rights, and will be required in some form for all wellness plan years that begin… Continue Reading

Too many RULES, man!

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Only in California, Wage-Hour
“Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the rules . . .”* Of course, the mega-topic this week was the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Rule on white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ellen Kearns, co-chair of our Wage and Hour Practice Group, wrote a great Client Bulletin… Continue Reading

Is obesity a “per se” disability? One court says no.

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled this week that obesity is not a “disability” within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act — even as amended in 2009 — unless the condition was caused by some underlying physiological disorder. In addition, if the individual develops a medical condition… Continue Reading

A cornucopia of wellness information for employers!

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
UPDATE (Dec. 7, 2015): The EEOC has extended the comment period on its proposed GINA-wellness rule by 30 days. The new comment deadline is January 28, 2016. Earlier this month, I had a relatively short post on the proposed rule on wellness incentives and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I… Continue Reading

Six quick takes on the EEOC’s new wellness proposal

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. In April, the EEOC issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are six quick takes on the GINA proposal. No. 1. It’s all about the spouse.… Continue Reading

BREAKING: EEOC issues proposed rule on wellness programs and the GINA

Posted in Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on wellness programs and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. Here is the proposed rule, and here is the EEOC’s press release. A few months ago, the agency issued a proposed rule on wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which I discussed here. According… Continue Reading

Hey – that EEOC wellness rule isn’t half bad

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Retaliation
NOTE: As I breathlessly reported last week, the EEOC has issued its long-awaited proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Here is a nicer copy than the one that was available then.) Brian Magargle, who knows a lot more than I do about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Affordable Care… Continue Reading

BREAKING!!!! EEOC issues proposed “wellness” regs

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
Law360 just reported that the EEOC has issued its long-awaited proposed rule on wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The official version will be published Monday in the Federal Register. I am out today and tomorrow to present some seminars, but I will have a full post on this as soon as I’ve had… Continue Reading

Hang tight, employers — EEOC’s proposed Wellness Rule is at the OMB

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
The EEOC’s much-awaited proposed rule on employer wellness programs, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act may finally be on its way. According to Law360, a proposed rule has been approved 4-1 by the Commission, and is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget as we speak. Once approved by the… Continue Reading

EEOC promises guidance on wellness programs in February

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
Good news! The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced in its 2015 regulatory agenda that it will be issuing proposed regulations on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act on wellness programs. The proposed regs are expected in February. To read about the continuing saga of the ADA/GINA… Continue Reading

BREAKING: EEOC seeks court order to halt Honeywell’s biometric testing

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act
UPDATED 10/29/14 and 11/7/14 (see below). Thanks to Kate Bischoff of The Employment Law Navigator for bringing this to our attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a petition yesterday in federal court in Minnesota to stop Honeywell International, Inc., from requiring that employees (and spouses, if the employees have family health insurance coverage) either get… Continue Reading

Is the EEOC off the rails with this new “wellness” lawsuit? Don’t think so.

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems, Inc., over its wellness program and its treatment of ex-employee Wendy Schobert, who was not a fan of the program. The lawsuit contends that the program’s health risk assessment is an unlawful “medical examination” and that the company retaliated against Ms.… Continue Reading

Guidance on employer incentives for wellness participation is on the way, says EEOC

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA
Hallelujah! The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced this week that it plans to issue guidance on employers’ ability to offer incentives to employees based on their participation in wellness programs, or whether they provide information in response to health risk assessments. I’ve blogged about this issue in the past — here, here, here, and here. There… Continue Reading