The Well-Being Journal

Healthways Board Member Responds to EEOC’s Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs

Madison Agee

Bill Novelli

In April of this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a proposed rule and additional guidance regarding corporate wellness programs, addressing how these programs can better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, the EEOC suggests that employers may need to revise their programs’ financial incentives, data privacy standards and enrollment practices.

In an article published last week on the website Morning Consult, Bill Novelli, professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and Healthways board member, offered his opinion on the EEOC’s proposed rule and the resulting complexities it will create for companies. Entitled “Government Should Promote Wellness, Not Impede It,” the article suggests that the additional regulation of corporate wellness programs created by the EEOC’s new rule could be counter-productive to making a positive impact on key healthcare issues such as rising rates of chronic illness and obesity. Novelli asserts that the new restrictions proposed by the EEOC will make it harder for companies to implement and sustain successful wellness programs.

According to Novelli, the new rule and guidance undermine the collaboration between business and government that is necessary to truly move the needle on the state of health within the United States. To learn more, read the full article here.

Topics: Wellness Program Legal EEOC