Wellness Law 101 (On-Demand)

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Course Description

Federal laws such as the Affordable Care Act, Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and state scope of practice and licensing laws play an important role in proper workplace wellness program design. This session will explain the purpose of law generally as well as these particular laws in the workplace wellness program context. It will explore how to use these laws in designing not only legally compliant workplace wellness programs, but also safer, fairer, and more inclusive programs. Attendees will consider recent court decisions and regulatory changes by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to better understand the legal parameters of workplace wellness incentives, particularly in relation to biometric screens and health assessments. Through case studies and interactive discussions, attendees will learn the latest compliance best practices and how to incorporate compliance proactively into workplace wellness program creation and implementation.


  1. The Purpose of Wellness Laws
      • What ACA, HIPAA, ADA, GINA and state scope of practice/licensing laws govern
      • Why are these protections important?
        • Legislative history discussion of each law
      • Legal parameters of each law, summarized
  2. Updates to Legal Parameters
      • Recent EEOC changes to ADA/GINA rules for wellness incentives
      • Recent court decisions (e.g., Williams v. City of Chicago, AARP v. EEOC)
  3. Case studies/interactive discussion applying various laws to factual situations


Barbara Zabawa, Esq.

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Barbara Zabawa, Esq.

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