Interactive Health: EEOC Workplace Wellness Rules are a Positive Step
Guidelines Will Give Employers Confidence to Move Forward with Well-Designed Programs
CHICAGO (May 17, 2016) – Interactive Health supports finalized guidelines from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which it believes will provide the kind of clarity on workplace wellness that employers were looking for from the federal agency.
Interactive Health, a national leader known for its personalized wellness solutions, is pleased the rules uphold the need for a well-designed program that is comprehensive, evidence-based, respects privacy and is construed as voluntary by employees and regulators alike. At Interactive Health, programs are focused on one mission: helping people become aware of their health risks and take actions to improve their health.
“We are glad to see that the EEOC listened to, evaluated and acknowledged concerns from employers, individuals and the industry,” said Interactive Health President and CEO Cathy Kenworthy. “We applaud the assurance that notifications need to articulate forcefully the privacy of individuals. Employees have the right to know how their information is being used. We were pleased to participate in a cross-industry comment process led by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO). Additionally, the EEOC’s ruling synchronizes the regulatory framework among the Affordable Care Act and other relevant employment laws. This is strongly positive.”
“The EEOC rules are aligned with what we already believe and what we already practice. Among our clients’ programs, we are pleased that we have implemented enduring initiatives; our clients should have very little, if any, changes to make to these programs,” Kenworthy continued.
With the issuance of the EEOC guidelines, wellness programs that follow some basic but vital ideas are here to stay. Now that regulations that provide clear guidance to employers have been issued, companies can feel confident in implementing well-designed wellness programs intended to improve the health of their employees.
About Interactive Health
Interactive Health (www.www.interactivehealthinc.com), the country’s leading provider of health management solutions, creates innovative wellness programs designed to increase overall company health and actively engage employees to make lasting behavior changes. For every company’s perspective on health management, early stage or mature, Interactive Health has a highly flexible program to meet its needs. By offering health evaluations that detect risk proactively, Interactive Health has the capability to immediately intervene and engage at-risk participants with a personalized course of action. Using ActiveEngine™, a proprietary algorithmic-based clinical intelligence engine, a unique achievable goal is assigned to each participant based on individual results and health improvements are measured. Interactive Health has a 23-year track record of creating the Healthiest Companies in America. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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