It’s time to give your wellness program a legal checkup

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by Judy Bevis Langevin, Esq.

If your organization doesn’t have a wellness program in place yet, you may feel as if you’re behind the curve. Most employers have thought about implementing a wellness program, and many have been encouraged to do so by consultants who promise that a good wellness program will lower health care costs and increase productivity.

There is, of course, lots of scientific support for the notion that life­­style choices—smoking, diet, exercise, stress management—as well as health screening and disease management can have a big impact on employees’ health and on the cost of insurance.

Health incentives help

With that in mind, employers have tried various wellness strategies:

  • Smoking-cessation, weight-loss and exercise programs
  • Health club membership reimbursement
  • Incentives to obtain health screening
  • Incentives to participate in programs to manage chronic illness.

Some employers have instituted program...(register to read more)

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