In response to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed guidelines for employer-sponsored wellness programs, HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) published a joint consensus statement. The statement is reflective of the support of a variety of organizations including occupational medicine, health plans and wellness program providers. The organizations, including Interactive Health, collectively contributed to the conclusion that “comprehensive, evidence-based employee health and wellbeing initiatives are generally in alignment with federal regulations and are generally viewed as voluntary by individual participants.”
The statement focuses on five key areas and provides detailed recommendations and responses to the proposed EEOC regulations. It also calls for “future research that would inform ongoing policy efforts” related to effects of select wellness program components, the impact of premium differentials for smokers versus non-smokers, and how incentives impact differently situated employees.
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