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Wellness program: Can you require employees to join?

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A “perfect storm” of an aging work force, escalating health care costs, more obese and sedentary employees and a looming shortage of skilled workers could drive organizations to make their wellness programs mandatory within a few years.

If that happens, say the lawyers at Littler Mendelson, employers will need to tread carefully. Organizations will need to set policies that avoid harassment and discrimination against obese or unhealthy employees, while fiercely protecting the privacy of employee health information. Read the report at www.littler.com.

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