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EEOC under fire for wellness stance

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A parade of witnesses before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Jan. 29 called on the EEOC to relax enforcement of rules that keep some employers from using voluntary wellness plans to control health care costs.

The EEOC takes the position that offering monetary incentives for employees to participate in wellness programs may violate the ADA. However, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) explicitly permits financial rewards for employees to quit smoking, lose weight or get in shape. Business representatives told senators they need that conflict to be resolved.

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