Employment commission proposes limits to prevent discrimination in workplace wellness programs

April 16, 2015 3:28 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing limits on how employers use financial penalties and rewards to nudge employees to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which enforces laws against discrimination — said Thursday that employers can use financial incentives up to 30 percent of the cost of premiums for single coverage, provided certain other safeguards are met.

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