EEOC Finalizes Wellness Rules Under ADA and GINA

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On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules that describe how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer-sponsored wellness programs.
The final ADA rule provides guidance on the extent to which employers may offer incentives to employees to participate in wellness programs that ask them to answer disability-related questions or to undergo medical examinations.
The final GINA rule clarifies that an employer may offer a limited incentive to an employee whose spouse provides information about his or her current or past health status as part of the employer’s wellness program.
The final rules’ notice requirements and incentive limits apply as of the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after Jan. 1, 2017 (for the health plan used to determine the incentive amount).

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