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Breaking: EEOC wellness rule change now officially set…and Trump nominee withdraws, meaning no new rules coming in 2019

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For the wellness industry’s “pry, poke and prod” vendors — Interactive Health, Wellsteps, Bravo, Wellness Corporate Solutions etc. — the Grinch has got nothing on the EEOC. For the second year in a row, the EEOC is spoiling their Christmas.

Today’s Federal Register contains the EEOC’s removal of the rules allowing forced “voluntary” clinical exams from the relevant law.


But wait…there’s more

And it looks like the EEOC might also miss their latest self-imposed deadline for proposing new rules, which is June 2019. (The interval from proposing rules to implementing them is measured in months, if not years.) The reason for this? The EEOC still hasn’t filled its open positions and may not have a quorum for rule-making in time to do this. Not to mention they have other fish to fry once they do.

Today, President Trump’s nominee, who would have created the quota, pulled his name from considerationThat makes the likelihood of a quorum for rule-making all the more remote.

So, as Bravo aptly put it in their letter begging Senators to allow them to continue to harass employees with forced screenings, any employer not using Quizzify’s elegantly designed indemnification or other solution faces the “Wild West of litigation” in 2019. And to these vendors I say: Happy Festivus.

 

 


2 Comments

  1. billfabrey says:

    This is great news. I knew I liked the Grinch for some reason. Does this put an end, at least temporarily, to “voluntary” weight loss programs with “incentives” such as money back on the premiums you paid and shouldn’t have had to pay anyway? If so, I may have some eggnog with a little rum in it, to celebrate…

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