For the study, 3,300 employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were given a year of access to iThrive, a workplace wellness program
similar to what many companies offer workers.
The bill, approved by a House of Representatives committee, would allow employers to ask about family medical history and request genetic information as part of a wellness program
without running afoul of the current restrictions on these types of questions.
A majority (85 percent) of respondents with access to a wellness program
say they are somewhat aware or very aware of the details of the program.
In addition, 44 percent believe that a financial wellness program
is becoming a "must-have" benefit in order for them to be competitive.
Those same penalties for opting out of an employer's wellness program
would apply to genetic tests under the new bill, allowing employers to as for "voluntary" genetic tests that carry financial penalties for not participating.
employer who sets up a wellness program
that imposes barriers to workers
If you decide to offer a wellness program
to employees, where do you begin?
The GINA final rule clarifies that an employer may offer a limited incentive for an employee's spouse to provide information about the spouse's current or past health status as part of a voluntary wellness program
Even with this information available, many companies continue to operate without a formal wellness program
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on employers who encourage, require, or incentivize their employees to provide private health information as a requirement for participation in the employer-sponsored wellness program
A perceived lack of privacy could also be a barrier to financial wellness program
com)-- Aptora launched a brand new product that enhances employees' mental well-being; it is called the Corporate Wellness Program