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Wellness "sticks," as well as "carrots," are legal, court says

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit* has held that employers may use "sticks" to encourage participation in wellness programs as well as "carrots," if the wellness program is part of a group health or other benefit plan. *The 11th Circuit hears appeals from federal...

Wellness plans: waiting for the EEOC

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will increase the incentive limit in outcome based wellness programs from 20 to 30 % of employee total health care premiums in 2014. Many employers believe that the road to more and better employee participation is greater incentives; after all, human nature...