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Federal Court Orders EEOC to Revisit Wellness Program Rules; No Change in Rules for Now
Recently, in a suit brought by AARP, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must reconsider its 2016 wellness rules.
Sep 1, 2017
What Your CEO Is Reading – Workplace Wellness
The New York Times reported findings from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that assessed the effectiveness of a workplace wellness intervention. The study, a randomized trial led by Harvard Medical School, found that employees who participated in the wellness program reported noticeable increases in exercise and active management of their weight; however, the intervention failed to have any apparent impact on employee health outcomes, medical costs or health care utilization over an 18-month period. It also found no effect on employee performance ratings, absence and tenure with the company. Click to read more about what employers can do to increase effectiveness of wellness programs.
Apr 23, 2019
Judge Keeps EEOC Wellness Rules in Place for 2018 But Asks for Update for 2019
In late December, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order to vacate the EEOC wellness rules as of January 1, 2019.
Jan 11, 2018
Working for You in Washington – November 3, 2017
The Business Group's public policy team's recent policy initiatives include: pushing to eliminate the ACA's excise tax, separating preventive services policy from benefit mandates, simplifying ACA reporting requirements for employers, improvements to wellness rules, advancing pay-for-performance and alternative payment models and value payments in Medicare.
Nov 3, 2017
D.C. Federal District Court Denies Injunction to Halt EEOC Wellness Incentive Rules
In late December, the D.C. Federal District Court of Appeals denied an AARP request for an injunction to suspend final EEOC wellness incentive rules that took effect January 1, 2017, while the AARP challenges them in a lawsuit.
Jan 12, 2017
Sample EEOC Wellness Program Notice Available
Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a sample notice and questions and answers regarding the new notice requirements that apply to employer-sponsored wellness programs.
Jun 17, 2016
EEOC Wellness Incentive Rules: Design Strategies and Examples for 2017
Over 72% of employers use financial incentives to promote healthy lifestyles. However, the EEOC’s new regulations on wellness incentives add some additional complexity as employers plan their 2017 programs. During this webinar, we provide examples of common incentive designs and discuss whether or not they comply with the existing and new wellness incentive regulations.
Jun 8, 2016
NBGH Public Policy Webinar: EEOC Regulatory Update
During this webinar, we provide an overview of the latest regulations from the EEOC on how the ADA and GINA apply to wellness program incentives.
May 20, 2016
EEOC Finalizes ADA & GINA Wellness Incentive Rules
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations that amend current guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act apply to employer-sponsored wellness programs.
May 16, 2016
EEOC Appeals Decision Okaying Employer’s Wellness Program
Recently, the EEOC appealed the federal district court decision in EEOC v. Flambeau to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Apr 19, 2016
Comments to EEOC on a Proposed Rule on Title II of GINA Encouraging the Alignment of GINA Rules with the Current HIPAA Wellness Program Standards
The Business Group, in response to the EEOC's notice of proposed rulemaking regarding GINA Title II's application to employer-sponsored wellness programs, submitted comments encouraging the EEOC to align GINA rules with the current standards for wellness programs under HIPAA
Jan 28, 2016
Comments to the EEOC on Their Proposed ADA Rule Recommending Eliminating Contradictions with Other Laws Governing Wellness Programs
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules recommending eliminating contradictions with other federal laws governing employer-sponsored wellness programs.
Jun 19, 2015
EEOC Proposed Rules on the ADA and Wellness Incentives
The EEOC issued proposed regulations that amend current guidance on how the ADA applies to employer-sponsored wellness programs. During this webinar, we discuss these proposed rules, how they may affect wellness program design, and our comments to the EEOC.
Apr 29, 2015
EEOC Takes Step Forward on Wellness Incentives
Recently, the EEOC made public proposed rules intending to clarify the relationship between the ADA and financial incentives for wellness programs.
Apr 23, 2015
EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on ADA and Wellness Incentives
The EEOC issued proposed regulations that amend current guidance on how the ADA applies to employer-sponsored wellness programs. If finalized, these regulations will apply to wellness programs that include health risk assessments or biometric screenings, in addition to the current rules under HIPAA.
Apr 16, 2015
EEOC Takes First Step to Issue Wellness Rules as Bill Introduced
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sent proposed rules intending to clarify the relationship between the ADA and financial incentives for wellness programs to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
Mar 27, 2015
Letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative John Kline (R-MN) Supporting Legislation to Provide Legal Clarity to Workplace Wellness Programs
The National Business Group on Health sent a support letter to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative John Kline (R-MN) supporting legislation to align government policy and provide legal clarity to support employers’ wellness programs and financial incentives that reward healthy lifestyles.
Mar 20, 2015
EEOC’s Wellness Guidance is Coming Soon
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) stated that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would issue guidance soon on the incentives employers can offer to reward employees who take part in wellness programs.
Feb 5, 2015
New Wellness Incentive Rules: Design Strategies and Examples for 2014
Over 90% of large employers use financial incentives to promote healthy lifestyles. However, new regulations are adding a level of complexity and concern as employers plan their 2014 programs. During this webinar, we provide examples of common incentive designs and discuss whether or not they comply with the new wellness incentive regulations that will become effective in 2014. We also discuss options for providing incentives outside the wellness regulations' structure.
Jul 7, 2013
Financial Incentives for Nonsmoking Employees: The Current Legal and Regulatory Environment
Nearly 70% of adult smokers in the U.S. want to quit and the majority of large employers offer smoking cessation programs. 44% of those offering programs are using rewards or penalties. This policy brief provides details concerning HIPAA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, nondiscrimination rules for cafeteria plans and self-insured medical plans, health savings accounts, spouses and dependents, and state laws.
Feb 16, 2012
EEOC Regional Office Raises GINA Concerns for Employers Providing Spouse Incentives to Complete Health Assessments
At least one EEOC regional office has interpreted the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as prohibiting an employer from providing an incentive for a spouse to complete a health assessment, but the Business Group disagrees with this interpretation.
Oct 18, 2011
EEOC Issues Final Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Rules for Employers
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations under Title II of the of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
Nov 18, 2010

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