Federal Judge Vacates EEOC Workplace Wellness Program Rules

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. determined in late December 2017 the EEOC’s Workplace Wellness Program rules will be vacated effective January 1, 2019. The judge cited the EEOC’s failure to provide a reasonable explanation for the rules as a factor in his decision. He felt the Workplace Wellness Program rules violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), though the EEOC had finalized an outline of the rules in 2016 that allowed employers to implement the rules without violating the ADA or GINA. The EEOC was also ordered to publish new proposed rules by August 2018 and to provide a status report on the agency’s rulemaking schedule by March 2018. Read more about the decision and how it impacts employers here.