Four Ways to Stay in Compliance With a Wellness Program
It's that time of year again! People are making resolutions about losing weight, exercising more and generally getting healthier. Their employers are thinking that a great way to help the employees meet their goals, and perhaps beat some cabin fever, would be to have a company wellness program or competition.
Workplace Wellness is a great concept and should be administered with care regarding a variety of laws.
1. Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) - Since laws prevent employers from inquiring
about medical exams, except under certain circumstances, it is best if activities such as blood pressure or blood sugar screenings are done in a manner that the results remain confidential, and employees are allowed to opt out or have an alternative.
2. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) - To avoid violating HIPAA laws, employers can refrain from offering incentives for completing health risk assessments.
3. Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) - Employers should structure their programs so they do not reduce incentives or otherwise discriminate against individuals in this group.
4. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - If participation in your program is mandatory then time spent in associated activities may be compensable time. To avoid this, wellness programs should be voluntary.
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