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House Legislation Seeks to Harmonize Wellness Programs with ADA and GINA

On March 2, 2017, in an attempt to clear the murky waters surrounding wellness programs, Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (the “Act’) (H.R. 1313). In an effort to protect wellness plans, the Act reaffirms existing law which permits employee wellness … Continue Reading

Disability and Leave Law Under President Trump: What’s Next?

Since Election Day, prognosticators and pundits have been speculating about how the Trump Administration’s actions will impact existing laws and regulations. Now that President Trump and his team have hit the ground running, what can we expect from the Department of Labor (including OFCCP), the EEOC and the President’s own executive actions in the areas … Continue Reading

AARP Suffers a Setback in its Challenge to the EEOC’s Wellness Regulations

As previously discussed, AARP has filed suit against the EEOC and challenged the agency’s wellness regulations.  See https://www.disabilityleavelaw.com/2016/10/articles/ada/the-eeocs-2016-wellness-program-regulations-the-saga-continues/  On December 29, 2016, this challenge suffered a setback.  In the December 29, 2016 Memorandum Opinion, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates denied AARP’s request for preliminary injunction and held that the regulations would take effect on January … Continue Reading

Court Approves Three Year Consent Decree in Case Brought by the EEOC for Alleged Violations of GINA

Although the EEOC rarely files suit seeking to redress violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”), on October 31, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered a three year consent decree against a New York home health agency in a class action brought by the … Continue Reading

EEOC’s 2016 Wellness Program Regulations, The Saga Continues…

The EEOC’s 2016 wellness program regulations are once again under fire. On October 24, 2016, AARP filed a complaint against the EEOC in D.C. federal court challenging the EEOC’s rules relating to wellness programs. See AARP v. EEOC  Specifically, AARP seeks a ruling that the 2016 Regulations relating to the Equal Employment Provisions of the … Continue Reading

Still Waiting for ADA and GINA Guidance on Wellness Incentives

March is here. The EEOC’s perspective on wellness program incentives is not. Yet again. In its Fall 2014 regulatory agenda, the EEOC stated it would be issuing in February 2015 amended regulations concerning the size of incentives an employer may offer, yet still have a “voluntary” wellness program under the ADA and GINA.  The EEOC … Continue Reading

EEOC Files Third Lawsuit Challenging Employer Wellness Plan

After staying on the litigation sidelines for years while the popularity of workplace wellness programs skyrocketed, the EEOC has brought its third lawsuit in about two months, alleging that the employer’s wellness program was not “voluntary” due to the “large” and “substantial” penalties to those who chose not to participate. Because the program was involuntary, … Continue Reading

EEOC Letter Finds GINA and ADA Issues in Fit-for-Duty Medical Examination Form

A local government entity’s request for employee family medical history as part of an annual fitness-for-duty medical exam “clearly violates Title II of GINA,” according to an informal discussion letter from the EEOC Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The government entity is not identified in the letter. The question on the medical history form was … Continue Reading

EEOC Brings GINA Class Claim Challenging Family Medical History Inquiries

The EEOC has brought a class action under the Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) against a nursing and rehabilitation center, alleging that the defendant-employer "requires a class of applicants and employees to provide genetic information in response to questions about family medical history" as part of its pre-employment, return-to-work and annual medical exams of … Continue Reading

EEOC Reports Record Number of Discrimination Charges; ADA Charges Are Fastest Growing Category

The EEOC reported a record number of private sector discrimination charges filed in FY 2010, nearly reaching the 100,000 mark.  99,922 charges were filed in FY 2010, an increase of 6,645 (7%) from FY 2009. The most frequently filed charges were retaliation (36%), race discrimination (35.9%), and sex discrimination (29.1%). Disability discrimination charges increased more … Continue Reading

MEET GINA: IN CASUAL CONVERSATION, KEEP IT GENERAL TO KEEP IT LAWFUL

We posted recently about GINA’s prohibiting an employer from “actively” listening to conversations between colleagues in which they discuss their genetic information, including family medical history, and how it will limit an employer’s internet searches of applicants and employees. Add casual conversations, sometimes referred to as "water cooler" conversation, to the list of workplace activities curtailed by GINA. … Continue Reading

MEET GINA: “ACTIVE” LISTENING BY EMPLOYERS BANNED

Title II of GINA prohibits the use of genetic information in employment, restricts employers from requesting, requiring or purchasing genetic information, and limits employers from disclosing genetic information. We posted recently that, according to the EEOC’s newly-issued regulations, an employer who engages in certain internet searches has illegally requested genetic information. An employer who “actively … Continue Reading
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