Workplace Wellness — A Regulatory Alphabet Soup!
Rhonda Toole, VP
Health Promotion and Wellness
Kari Stevens, JD
If you’re a regular reader of @Work, we don’t need to convince you of the value and importance of wellness programs and incentives. They can be an effective way to increase employee health and productivity while also being a useful tool in your overall absence management strategy.
However, when it comes to establishing and managing these programs, you may be confused by the myriad of federal rules and government agencies regulating wellness programs. From HIPAA to EEOC to ADA to GINA to ACA and more, it’s a regulatory alphabet soup!
We will break it down for you while highlighting the areas of overlap, gaps, and points of confusion. Employers who sponsor wellness programs must comply with all applicable federal regulations, so understanding these rules is key. And, remember, compliance with one set of rules does not ensure compliance with all. Employers should work with their legal counsel and tax professionals to ensure compliance.
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