Court Ruling Lets EEOC Inspect Workplaces without Consent, Warrant

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A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has the right to conduct on-site inspections of businesses without a warrant or consent from the owner. This new development could put employers in the crosshairs of the EEOC anytime the agency deems a complaint worthy enough to visit a company’s premises over an allegation of discrimination. And legal experts predict that the agency will cite this case whenever an employer tries to refuse an EEOC request for an on-site inspection. “This decision arms the EEOC with precedent that it may conduct on-site investigations regardless of whether an…
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Final Regulations for Wellness Plans Limit Incentives at 30%

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released final regulations for employer-sponsored wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The final rules take effect at the start of 2017 and affect all wellness plans for employees and their family members, even those plans that don’t also require enrollment in a health plan. The final rules cover: • The amount and type of incentives employers can offer. • Notice requirements. • The definition of voluntary. • Protection of medical information that the plans collect. Here we look at the new rules: Incentives Under…
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