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EEOC Under Pressure for Employer Wellness Guidance

January 30th, 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) held a hearing on Jan. 29, 2016 on employer wellness programs. (See video here.) The purpose of the hearing appeared to be to put pressure on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which has recently sued several companies alleging that their wellness programs violated the Americans with Disability Act.

Ranking Democrat Patty Murray indicated that the EEOC would be issuing a proposed guidance in the near future, as reported earlier.

While billed as a debate over employer wellness programs, most of the witnesses were representatives of business groups, with the exception of one representative of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Jennifer Mathis, who gave the most detailed statement. The business representatives gave the usual pep rally cries of “these programs work” line, citing a couple of positive anecdotes and avoiding the volume of studies showing incentives and penalties do not work.


Employer Wellness, EEOC, Data Warehousing, Predictive Analytics

May 23rd, 2013

Download my comments to the EEOC filed today looking at employer wellness programs and the development of data warehousing and predictive analytics. How new technology can be used to discriminated against persons with obesity. Morgan Downey_EEOC_Employer Wellness Comments

House Democrats Call On Administration to Dump Employer Wellness Regs

January 28th, 2013

Sam Baker of The Hill paper reports today that ranking Democrats on health committees in the House of Representatives have called on the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw the proposed regulations on mandatory health-contingent wellness programs, as I did in my comments.