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Implementing the ACA, HIPPA, and Discrimination Laws into Your Organization's Wellness Strategy - Webinar

  • ID: 3639051
  • Webinar
  • 90 Minutes
  • Online Compliance Panel
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More and more organizations are implementing Wellness programs to encourage their employees to engage in a healthier lifestyle. The programs have progressed from being not much more than healthy diets and exercise to measuring one's biometrics and offering employee incentives if they improve their health. With these enhanced wellness offerings have come organizational challenges to ensure that organizations are not discriminating against any of their employees specifically as it relates to a disability, their family history of genetics, even their gender and age. This webinar will address these issues to assist organizations in minimizing their liability risks as well as discuss the elements of planning, developing, implementing and evaluating your wellness strategy.

Objectives of the Presentation:

- To create a wellness strategy including developing a mission, goals and objectives
- To identify the essential elements of determining if your wellness strategy has met its goals
- To define Title VII civil rights laws most likely to be challenged in organization wellness programs
- To differentiate between the two types of wellness programs and why it matters
- To list the four standards required by the ACA for health-contingent wellness programs to follow to ensure nondiscrimination
- To discuss HIPAA and specific discrimination laws and their requirements for compliance in wellness programs
- To recognize the EEOC's new proposed GINA regulations
- To examine the ADAAA's wellness requirements.
- To contrast the reasonable alternative standard for activity-based wellness programs and the reasonable alternative standard for outcome-based plans
- To identify tactics to ensure the legal requirements are incorporated into the wellness strategy

Why Should you Attend:

To ensure that the organization's wellness strategy is compliant with civil rights law so none of their employees is discriminated against based on their protected class, specifically disability, age, gender, genetics.

Who can Benefit:

- VP, Director, Manager of HR
- Employees that are involved in their organization's wellness strategy; any employees on the wellness committee
- Every organization that has a Wellness Program

Topic Background:

The federal government believes wellness programs can cut healthcare costs and decrease the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance by promoting health and preventing disease. The new federal regulations have divided wellness programs into two types with specific rules for each. A major piece of the regulations addresses the issue of employee discrimination based on health/disability, age, gender and other protected classes. The U. S. Department of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services regulations require that regardless of the type of wellness program, every individual participating should be able to receive the full amount of any reward or incentive, regardless of any health factor. Specific regulations have been created to prevent employee discrimination in wellness programs. Employers have until January 1, 2014 to ensure that their wellness programs comply with the final rule.
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Susan Strauss:

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs.

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.
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