Corporate Wellness Program 101: What Your Firm Needs to Know
It has taken decades for American employers to understand the value of investing in the health and welfare of their employees. Today, many important aspects of health still are not addressed or are simply ignored. Compared to many other countries, the US quite literally is still in the dark ages. One of the most important aspects of life – exposure to natural light – continues to be ignored by most employees, and the disturbing increase in obesity, and the related diseases it causes, largely is accepted by employees and employers.
Never the less, progress is being made. Many companies provide a variety of health and welfare benefits for employees. Since the poor health of employees represents lost time for employers and this lost time is lost money, there is a financial advantage to having healthy employees. In addition, governments have encouraged employers to develop corporate wellness programs that include safe working environments and improved health that contribute to increased work productivity and employee retention in the age of 'at will' employment.
However, 2015 could prove to be a tedious year for employers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against several employers, including Honeywell, over their wellness programs for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; among others.
Employers and their legal counsel would be wise to understand all the regulations regarding corporate wellness programs to ensure that they are in compliance with the numerous laws, regulations, and standards, and achieve a somewhat mutually beneficial relationship between employees (benefits) and the employer (costs).
The Knowledge Group has assembled a team of thought leaders and professionals who will help you understand the most important aspects of a Corporate Wellness Program. Speakers will suggest best practices in adopting, implementing, and managing a Wellness Program. In addition, the panel of speakers will explain What Your Firm Needs to Know in 2016 and Beyond, and suggest ways to avoid the most common litigation pitfalls regarding wellness programs.
Key topics include:
- Corporate Wellness Programs - An Overview
- Benefits of Corporate Wellness Programs
- Current Regulations and Recent Litigations
- Effectiveness and Efficiency of Wellness Programs
- Effects and Implications for Employees
- Employers' Strategies for Corporate Wellness Programs
- Compliance and Litigation Risks
- Best Practices
Vanessa K. Manolatou, Attorney
Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP
- Background of wellness programs
- Recent EEOC litigation
Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, Partner
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
- Corporate wellness programs often offer health risk assessments or programs that help employees identify healthier lifestyle choices, such as dieting and exercise.
- The EEOC has announced that it plans to make changes that will allow companies to offer incentives to obtain the health information of employees’ spouses who are covered by the company’s health plan.
- Currently, the EEOC has targeted wellness programs to ensure that companies are not demanding health information from employees that is otherwise protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Cases brought by the EEOC include EEOC v. Orion Energy Sys., EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc.
- Best practices for encouraging good participation rates in wellness programs include strategies that make the programs personal and easy to use, keeping the programs at the top of employees’ minds, organizing competitions, and offering incentives.
David J. Quan, Principal
Law Office of David J. Quan
- Future of corporate wellness programs
- Highlights of EEOC’s new Regulations
- Continued challenges between maximizing participation and legal compliance
- Case studies of employers’ efforts
Who Should Attend:
- Employment and Labor Lawyers
- Top Level Management
- Executives and Directors
- HR Executives
- Wellness Program Managers
- Private and Public Companies
- Other Related/Interested Professionals and Organizations
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, a natural leader, co-heads both the Business & Commercial Litigation team and the Labor & Employment team. She has also served on the firm’s Executive Committee. Allegra is known for her skill in trying cases, negotiating complex settlements, and finding creative solutions. She has successfully defended Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and abroad in numerous trials, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Allegra often shares her deep litigation knowledge as a prolific author and sought-after speaker. While serving as chair of Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she developed Sutherland Scholars, a summer pre-law school “boot camp” offered at no cost for students from historically black colleges and universities. Allegra regularly mentors program students. Before joining Sutherland, Allegra was a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, a natural leader, co-heads both the Business & Commercial Litigation team and the Labor & Employment team. She …
Vanessa is an associate in the California office of Kaufman Borgeest and Ryan, LLP, practicing in the areas of Employment Practices Liability, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability, and General and Products Liability defense litigation. Vanessa has extensive experience in the employment practices liability defense arena, defending health care companies, technology companies, transportation carriers, and non-profit organizations in civil litigation matters in state and federal courts in California.
Vanessa represents and advises employers in a broad range of employment litigation matters under state and federal laws. Vanessa has managed the defense of these employers against virtually every type of individual employment claim, from inception through resolution, in state and federal courts, administrative forums (e.g., EEOC, California DLSE and DFEH), and arbitration. Vanessa’s practice also includes the representation of health care providers, professionals, and corporate clients involved in medical malpractice, professional, general, and products liability litigation.
Vanessa is an associate in the California office of Kaufman Borgeest and Ryan, LLP, practicing in the areas of Employment …
David J. Quan brings a practical and personable approach to finding solutions for disputes between employers and their employees. Mr. Quan is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has over twenty years of experience in this area of practice representing both individuals and management. He has served as successful lead counsel in numerous employment litigation matters, and provides excellent legal research, writing, and counseling skills. Additionally, Mr. Quan is trained and has served as a mediator, and also spent six years serving as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston.
The Law Office of David J. Quan was first established nearly eleven years ago in January 2005. Mr. Quan also is proud to serve as Of Counsel to two highly-regarded law firms -- Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP and the Quan Law Group, PLLC.
David J. Quan brings a practical and personable approach to finding solutions for disputes between employers and their employees. Mr. …
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About Law Office of David J. Quan
The Law Office of David J. Quan was first started nearly eleven years ago in January 2005. Mr. Quan also is proud to serve as Of Counsel to Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP and the Quan Law Group.