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Most workplace wellness programs today use incentives as a tool to drive engagement and behavior change. As incentive programs become more sophisticated, it is imperative that the program is optimized to benefit the recipient (the employee) and the sponsor (the employer). Most importantly, the program needs to be simple to explain, fair and reasonable to all employees, and practical to administer.

EEOC Publishes Sample Wellness Program Notice for Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a sample notice to help employers offering wellness programs that collect health information to comply with the new rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The sample notice is available here at the EEOC website. Such a notice must inform employees of the data that will...
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Your Wellness Portal: Mobile Web or App

With an estimated 207 million smartphone users in the US by the end of 20161, every successful wellness portal needs to support mobile. Many articles have been written about the pros and cons of mobile web versus native app. Each method of designing and building a mobile solution comes with its own set of benefits...
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Wellness Programs, Spouses, and GINA

On October 30, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as it relates to participation of spouses in workplace wellness programs. The amendment is driven by the original GINA regulations that define "genetic information" to include the "manifestation of...
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Workplace Wellness and Employee Privacy

A recent article by Kaiser Health News (KHN), picked up by CNN, raised concerns about the privacy of employee health data collected through participation in workplace wellness programs. Personal health data is typically covered by strict privacy laws known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But these laws apply...
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EEOC Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

On April 20, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register that clarifies how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs that include a health assessment or wellness screening. In the past year, the EEOC filed suit against three companies, claiming that their...
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What Is a Biometric Screening?

A biometric screening, sometimes called a biometric health screening or biometric assessment, provides a clinical assessment of key health measures. These results may be used to identify certain health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, or to indicate an increased risk for these conditions. A biometric screening is an important part of a health and...
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Outcomes Based Wellness Incentives

Most workplace wellness programs today use incentives as a tool to drive engagement and behavior change. A recent study by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health showed that the value of these incentives is increasing. In 2014 "employers plan to spend an average of $594 per employee on wellness-based incentives," an increase...
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