February 1, 2016

Sarah Bassler Millar Quoted in Human Resource Executive

Chicago partner Sarah Bassler Millar was quoted in a Human Resource Executive article titled, “An Employer Mandate for Wellness.” The article discussed the ruling from a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit in which the judge granted summary judgment to Flambeau Inc. The case involved the company’s ability to offer health insurance coverage only to employees participating in the company’s wellness program.

Sarah commented on the decision: “The district court judge’s opinion in the Flambeau case supports the position taken by many employers that reasonably designed wellness programs integrated with the sponsors’ health plans do not violate the ADA prohibition on medical exams,” she said.

“This is helpful to employers,” she added, “particularly sponsors of self-funded plans, as was the situation in the Flambeau case because it is now the second case in which an employer has defeated an EEOC challenge of a wellness program.”

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