Minimizing Liability: Legal Risks in Designing your Workplace Wellness Programs

Duration: 90 Minutes
The federal government believes wellness programs can cut healthcare costs and decrease the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance by promoting health and preventing disease. The new federal regulations have divided wellness programs into two types with specific rules for each. A major piece of the regulations addresses the issue of employee discrimination based on health/disability, age, gender and other protected classes. The U. S. Department of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services regulations require that regardless of the type of wellness program, every individual participating should be able to receive the full amount of any reward or incentive, regardless of any health factor. Specific regulations have been created to prevent employee discrimination in wellness programs.
Workplace Wellness Programs
Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss
Product ID: 501616
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Internet resources for a variety of wellness planning guidelines
  • EEOC Internet resources regarding GINA, the ADA and compliance with the EEOC
  • Copy of Q and A from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding HIPAA and wellness programs
  • Sample wellness strategy mission statements, goals and objectives
  • Decision making chart when implementing wellness program
  • Copy of a portion of HIPPA regarding Wellness programs from the Department of Health and Human Services
  • To differentiate between the two major types of wellness programs and why it matters
  • To list the four standards required by the ACA for health-contingent wellness programs to follow to ensure nondiscrimination
  • To discuss HIPAA and specific discrimination laws and their requirements for compliance in wellness programs
  • To contrast the reasonable alternative standard for activity-based wellness programs and the reasonable alternative standard for outcome-based plans
  • To list the steps in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive wellness strategy
Why Should you Attend
The Discrimination laws will refer to civil rights discrimination such as: GINA (genetic information non-discrimination act), ADA (American Disabilities Act), Title VII (1964 workplace anti-discrimination act), ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act), ACA (Affordable Care Act) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). The Challenges include: designing, developing and implementing an employer wellness program for employees without violating the various civil rights laws and the ACA. The financial incentives include: healthcare cost containment when implementing a wellness program, diminishing liability when designing the program with the required laws in place.

This session by our expert speaker, Dr. Susan Strauss will be beneficial to any industry which is either considering a wellness program, is looking at expanding their existing program, or just wants to increase their knowledge about the legal aspects of their wellness strategy.

Who can Benefit
  • VP/Director/Manager of HR
  • Wellness coordinator/committee members
  • Managers
  • Wellness program employees
  • Any industry would benefit from this webinar who is either considering a wellness program, is looking at expanding their existing program, or is just wanting to increase their knowledge about the legal aspects of their wellness strategy
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Instructor Profile:
Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs.

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.
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