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Business and Policy Areas

EEOC Issues Wellness Plans Final Rules

June 1, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released two final rules on May 16 to help employers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as they implement wellness programs.

The rules apply to all workplace wellness programs and are meant to provide guidance to clarify how such programs can comply with the ADA and GINA as well as with provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act.

The two new rules were published separately; one focused on regulations under the ADA and the other on regulations under GINA. EEOC also published several supplemental documents to illustrate the rules:

The final rules will take effect on the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2017.


Liz Clark
Senior Director, Federal Affairs