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Well-Intended Health Outcomes Programs Can Run Afoul of the Law
Employers with outcomes-based wellness programs are often tripped up by the reasonable alternative standard.

Next-Step Analytics: Promote Health with Trackers
Using data from fitness trackers and other personal monitoring devices could reduce employers’ health costs while improving workers’ health and well-being.

Competitions Spread Wellness Success
When employers offer incentives for participation in community events and sports leagues, or sponsor communitywide competitions, the payoff extends beyond their own organization.

Employers Say Quality Cancer Care Is Priority, But...
While employers want workers with cancer to receive top-quality care, many go without second opinions on treatment, aren’t directed to high-quality oncology providers, and lack access to nonclinical support services.

Teleworkers Pursue Wellness Options on Their Own
Teleworkers are more likely than their office-based counterparts to pursue fitness activities outside of work.

U.S. Chamber Releases Wellness Roadmap Report
Strategies that businesses both large and small can use to implement effective workplace wellness programs were outlined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a new report that also addresses legal and regulatory issues.

Wellness Programs Raise Health Data Privacy Concerns
Employees participating in a company’s wellness program may unwittingly be sharing too much information when they undergo health screening tests or wear a fitness tracker.

Combatting the Prescription Drug Crisis
Prescription painkiller abuse is taking a toll on your workforce. What's the cure?

For Fitness, ‘Carrots,’ ‘Sticks’—or Active Design?
To get employees to increase their physical activity, put them at risk of having an incentive they’ve received taken back, new research suggests. But something as simple as making workplace design changes also can get employees to burn calories.

Managing Chronic Conditions Pays Off
Many with chronic heart disease discover their condition through a wellness screening and then use mobile health tools to manage their health. Other research shows how weight-management programs can help prevent or manage diabetes.

Combatting the Prescription Drug Crisis
Prescription painkiller abuse is taking a toll on your workforce. What's the cure?

With Wearables, What Is HR’s Responsibility?
Whether using a fitness device to track employees’ exercise and sleep activity or a badge that captures workers’ movements on the job, employers face potential privacy, labor and security complaints if they slip up when implementing their wearables policies.

The Zika Virus: What Employers Should Not Do
As concern grows over the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease linked to birth defects in certain regions, forbidding travel or requiring quarantines and medical evaluations could be the wrong approach.

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Complying with the EEOC’s Proposed Wellness Regulations
Date: Archived
Tabatha George of the law firm Fisher & Phillips reviews of existing regulations for wellness programs, and discusses proposed EEOC regulations and the impact they will have on plan design. In addition, you will hear best practices for running a compliant wellness program.

Wellness: Miracle or Mirage?
Sponsor: Healthentic
Date: Archived
Author and consultant Al Lewis looks at the myths and realities of wellness initiatives, as well as the future direction of wellness services. You'll learn strategies for measuring outcomes validly—without having to pay an actuary. You'll also hear strategies to inoculate your wellness initiatives against legal action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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