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EEOC Greenlights Minor Incentives for Worker Wellness Plans (1)

June 11, 2020, 8:13 PMUpdated: June 11, 2020, 9:16 PM

Employers could offer a minimal financial incentive to entice workers to join a company-sponsored wellness program without violating a federal disability law, under a proposed rule approved by the EEOC.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the incentive must be “de minimis” to ensure the programs are considered voluntary, and therefore legally compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wellness plans are designed to encourage healthy worker habits in exchange for their medical information.

Two Republican EEOC commissioners, Janet Dhillon and Victoria Lipnic, voted Thursday in favor of the planned rule. Democrat Charlotte Burrows voted against the regulation. Two seats ...