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EEOC: Incentives for Health Assessments of Spouses Permitted


Peter Gillespie was quoted in SHRM on November 3, 2015. The article “EEOC: Incentives for Health Assessments of Spouses Permitted” examined a new proposed rule by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that would allow employers to provide incentives to workers when their covered spouses complete a health risk assessment (HRA) about their current or past health, as part of a wellness program.

Peter was quoted on his take of the EEOC’s proposed rule.

“Given that employees may be able to maintain children on benefits plans until the age of 26, there are significant potential benefits to including at least some children in an employer-sponsored wellness program,” said Peter. “Employers should not need to fear an EEOC lawsuit because they tried to provide tools that may help dependents of their employees to understand the benefits of a healthy diet, getting exercise, wearing a seat belt, or avoiding tobacco and alcohol as part of a comprehensive health risk assessment that might also take family medical history into account.”

To read the full article, please visit SHRM.

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