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EEOC Challenges Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

by Andrew SzczesniakNovember 11, 2014 10:44 AM

The EEOC has made it into the news again, but you may not have heard about it.

A few months after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a ruling on how pregnancy in the workplace can be viewed as a worker’s comp issue, they have now weighed in on wellness programs.

Under the Affordable Care Act, there has been a strong push on advocating wellness for employees, and rightfully so. Wellness programs improve the health and productivity of your employees while increasing efficiencies and increasing profitability.

However, according to an article on jdsupra.com, the EEOC has not yet issued guidelines on how employers can and must structure wellness programs to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite the lack of guidelines, the EEOC is pursuing two litigation cases against two separate companies for what they say are violations of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Challenges Ahead Sign. The EEOC's lack of guidelines have created challenges for business owners who want to administer an employee wellness program.

As a small business owner, keeping tabs on all the government regulations that apply to your business and industry is a daunting task. Even larger companies with compliancy departments get into trouble sometimes!

Fortunately, professional employer organizations can help ensure you're compliant with not only wellness programs, but also with payroll, risk management, HR, and employee benefits. To learn more about how a PEO can keep you compliant in today’s increasingly regulated business environment, contact us at 888-823-2084 today.

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