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ADA Wellness Program Rules: EEOC New Rules

Thu,10/20/2016 - 01:23pm

On May 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new rules which apply standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employer-sponsored wellness programs. The EEOC’s new ADA wellness program rules apply to all wellness programs that make disability-related inquiries or ask employees to submit to a medical examination, whether offered by or as part of a group health plan or as a stand-alone program.  The EEOC revised the ADA regulations to define the term “voluntary” and to explain what will be considered a “health program” for purposes of an employer’s ability to provide financial or other incentives in return for employees answering disability-related questions or submitting to a medical examination as part of a wellness program.