Monday, May 6, 2013

EEOC Holding Meeting on May 8th to Explore Wellness Programs

Wellness programs have been at the fore of controversy lately, especially here in Wisconsin where several of the State's largest employer's have implemented policies that some have argued violate anti-discrimination laws.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will finally address the issue in a meeting at their headquarters in Washington D.C. on May 8, 2013 at 9am est. 

From the EEOC's press release on the meeting:

The Commission will hear from invited panelists on the treatment of wellness programs under federal law, with an emphasis on understanding the ways in which the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and other statutes EEOC enforces may be implicated by these programs.

The Commission is scheduled to hear from the following confirmed panelists:
  • Christopher Kuczynski, Acting Associate Legal Counsel, EEOC
  • Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor, National Partnership for Women and Families
  • Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Legal Director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health, on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
  • Amy Moore, Partner, Covington and Burling LLP, on behalf of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC)
  • Karen Pollitz, Senior Fellow, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Leslie Silverman, Partner, Proskauer Rose, LLP; Former EEOC Vice Chair (2002-2008)
  • Tami Simon, Managing Director, Knowledge Resource Center, Buck Consultants, on behalf of the American Benefits Council (ABC)

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