The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has removed the incentive limits from its final wellness plan rules effective January 1, 2019. The rules had allowed employers to offer wellness incentives of up to 30% of the cost of health plan coverage.
Employers may continue to offer incentives to employees who participate in wellness programs. However, employers should be careful about structuring incentives for wellness programs that ask for health information or involve medical exams.
The EEOC is planning to publish new proposed regulations on employer-sponsored wellness programs sometime in 2019. Stay tuned to our blog and we’ll monitor any new developments related to the EEOC’s rules. For more information, download the bulletin.