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Obama Administration Finalizes Rules on Company Wellness Programs

A federal agency on Monday released final rules on how employers can offer workers financial incentives of up to 30 percent of the cost of their cheapest health insurance plans to participate in wellness programs without violating federal laws protecting …

How Gene Testing Becomes Motivator in Corporate Wellness Program

Aprillia Jeffries is a model success story for her company’s efforts at improving the health of its staff. Jeffries, who works at Aetna, has lost 50 pounds and dropped eight dress sizes in the last two and a half years …

When Are Employee Wellness Programs No Longer Voluntary?

Dale Arnold, who worked for Wisconsin plastics maker Flambeau, chose not to take his work-sponsored health assessment and biometric screening. The company responded by pulling his insurance coverage. Like many employers, Flambeau uses a wellness program to cut insurance costs …

Employers Try Adding Genetic Testing to Employee Wellness Mix

Employers may one day help determine if employees’ genes are why their jeans have become too snug. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before …

Workplace Wellness Battle Could Jeopardize Firms’ Support for Obamacare

Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration’s challenge to certain “workplace wellness” programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter. Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President …

EEOC Challenges Employee Wellness Penalties in Suit Against Honeywell

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc. to stop the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to undergo testing under its corporate wellness program. The lawsuit is the third case since August filed by …