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EEOC diagnoses trouble for wellness plans

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EEOCThe EEOC is increasingly targeting employer wellness programs that it believes run afoul of federal law. While employers look on wellness programs as an important insurance cost-saving vehicle, a program that is implemented without sufficient due diligence can lead to expensive legal claims that defeat the employer’s cost-savings goals.

In recent months, the EEOC has sued several employers for allegedly maintaining illegal wellness programs.

Two of the EEOC’s recent suits were filed in Wisconsin. In one of those actions, the EEOC is alleging that the employer illegally required an employee to undergo a health risk assessment and biometric test or have his medical insurance canceled.

In the other case, the EEOC alleges an employee was wrongfully fired for objecting to medical inquiries and exams as part of a wellness program.

The EEOC maintains that both wellness programs involve improper disability-related inquiries and nonp...(register to read more)

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