EEOC Issues Two Final Rules Affecting Wellness Programs

Posted by Robin Broyles on Fri, May 27, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

ComplianceAdvisor-New-2016.jpgThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two final rules relating to employer wellness programs -- one amends regulations and provides guidance on implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the other amends the regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

These rules have a broad and substantial impact on employer wellness programs that make any sort of disability-related inquiry, which includes health risk assessments, and medical examinations or screenings, including biometric screenings.

Both rules go into effect on July 18, 2016, and employers must comply as of the first day of their plan year beginning on or after January 1, 2017. The UBA Compliance Advisor will help you and your clients understand and implement the new requirements.

UBA's earlier FAQ on legal requirements for wellness programs is being updated. Until then, please note that the existing "FAQ about Wellness Program Legal Requirements" dated October 13, 2014, is outdated.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the updated version, please contact us and we will be glad to email it to you. 

Topics: Compliance Issues, Benefits Plan Design