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Can you force staff to participate in wellness programs?

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Your organization, like many, may have embraced a wellness program to help employees quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more or participate in screenings for high blood pressure or cholesterol.

Because wellness programs are a proven way of keeping health care costs under control, you may have even thought about requiring employees to participate.

Before long, predict attorneys at employment law firm Littler Mendelson, merely encouraging participation won’t be enough to keep health care costs from putting organizations out of business.

A caution: Consult an employment law attorney before moving from a voluntary wellness program to one that’s mandatory. It’s a controversial practice that is likely to step on laws ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to the ADA.

Legal considerations

Indeed, Scotts Miracle-Gro’s well-publicized mandatory wellness program already has landed it in cou...(register to read more)

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Candy Cline April 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

My hausband and myself refuse participation in any such programs by our employers, We feel that health care is a private, sensitive issue and will not participate in a workplace enviroment. Regardless of no insurance, employment or whatever means to stick to our convictions,

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