Skip to comments.Are Workplace Wellness Programs Legal?
Posted on 07/16/2014 9:39:22 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
On the one hand, workplace wellness programs are openly endorsed by the Affordable Care Act. On the other, how theyre constructed and implemented is critical in determining any potential benefit or legal risk.
But its a potentially toxic combination thats ripe for abuse.
Earlier this year, a CVS cashier filed a class action lawsuit against the retail healthcare giant for a Wellness Exam she claims included questions on sexual activity and blood testing for a variety of medical conditions. The survey was required in lieu of an annual $600 fine.
Another program raised a faculty firestorm at Penn State (New York Times here) which quickly prompted the university to suspend their annual $1,200 non‒compliance fee (here).
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If you are military, you have to have a wellness exam every year. I’m not saying that civilians should be legally required to do the same... I’m just pointing out that some of us have been submitting ourselves to this for eons, as a condition of remaining employed.
when you join the military, you certainly invite the government into your life... it comes with the territory, of course... after we adopted our boys from the county, we considered becoming foster parents... but we finally decided against it because being foster parents means the government would be in our home... it comes with the territory... we did not want that for us...
The military is about the only employer that has any business being involved in employees’ healthcare. The sooner we break that ill-conceived link beyond a military environment, the better.