June 8, 2015

Find Out How EEOC’s New Rules On Employee Wellness Programs Would Affect Your Company

Leslie D. Miller, general counsel for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), posted a detailed explanation of how the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed new rules regarding employee wellness programs could affect all employers. 

Miller says, “Of particular concern to employers are the rules about the incentives they may provide for participation – both rewards and penalties.” Miller explains, “Under the proposed rules, the total incentive an employer may offer in all of its various wellness programs that are part of a group health plan may not exceed 30 percent of the total annual cost of employee-only coverage under the group health plan, including both employee and employer contributions (or 50% to the extent the additional percentage is attributed to tobacco prevention or reduction).”

Click here to read Miller’s full column. 

Interested parties have until June 19, 2015 to comment on the proposed rule. For information on how to do so, visit the Federal Register. The EEOC has also published a guidance document for small businesses and a fact sheet for the general public explaining the proposed rules.