In what the affected company calls a “frivolous lawsuit,” the EEOC recently claimed that energy efficiency company Honeywell implemented a wellness program that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. It’s claimed they did that by imposing penalties on employees who declined to participate in Honeywell’s biometric screening program.
In 2014, businesses have seen many changes in the healthcare arena due to the Affordable Care Act taking full effect as well as lawsuits, such as the Honeywell case, pending from poorly executed wellness programs.
According to an article recently published by Employee Benefit News, despite the lawsuits that have resulted from these programs, most employers remain confident about wellness programs. In fact, 93% of employers surveyed by the NBGH and Fidelity Investments indicating that they even plan to expand, or at least maintain, funding for their wellness-based incentive program over the next few years.
With the EEOC’s increased scrutiny, going into 2015 it is imperative that employers take a good look at just how they are implementing their wellness programs. In addition, it’s imperative that you have the right insurance protection for your business, as well as comprehensive Sussex County employee benefits plans in case you were to face a lawsuit due to your wellness program.
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