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An Employer Mandate for Wellness
By Lin Grensing-Pophal
From Human Resource Executive Online on Monday, February 1, 2016
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Meanwhile, this case is not very representative of most employer plans, says Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy at the National Business Group on Health in Washington, because most wellness incentives are well below the 30-percent level permitted by the Affordable Care Act.

"Even as this case winds its way through the courts and Flambeau succeeds," he says, "I don't think many employers would need to restructure their wellness plans."

Given that, most HR departments may not need to take any action, other than to be aware of additional cases or a potential appeal of the EEOC v. Flambeau district-court case, he says.

"Employers need to know how the safe-harbor language applies to wellness programs," he says. "They need to know what it means to collect medical-related information from employees. Clarification will be important."