New Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs Make Employees Pay for Privacy

You might soon be paying more for your insurance than some of your coworkers if you are unwilling to share your medical information with your employer, according to rules released May 16 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The new rules allow employers to charge employees a penalty equal to 30 percent of the total employer-employee cost of employee-only health insurance unless they divulge their health data to their employer’s workplace wellness program. Spouses can also be charged another …

AARP Opposes Employer Invasion of Medical Privacy

UPDATE (5/16/2016): AARP is deeply disappointed with the new EEOC rules on workplace wellness programs. Read our press release. ***** With election season in full force, much of the work inside Washington is flying under the radar. While Congress remains deeply divided, there continues to be action on the regulatory front. One such development should be a real attention grabber: a proposed Obama administration rule that would allow an employer’s workplace wellness program to require you and your family to …

Wal-Mart Charged With Age Discrimination

In 2011, Wal-Mart was the talk of the nation when a gender discrimination case against the huge discount store chain went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in the case lost for procedural reasons, not for anything having to do with their discrimination claims. The accusations of gender discrimination have never been disproved, and several of the plaintiffs in the original case have filed new lawsuits. Fast forward to March 2014, and Wal-Mart’s in the news …

EEOC Making Do With Less

2013 was a rough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. First there was the sequester, which cut the agency’s budget by 5 percent and forced the agency to furlough employees for up to 40 hours. Then there was the 16-day government shutdown, during which only 5 percent of the EEOC’s employees were allowed to work, making it impossible for its lawyers there to review claims, litigate them or mediate them. Even so, the EEOC recovered more money for victims …

Did a Mattress Company Push Out Older Employees?

Having a good job helps most people get a good night’s rest. But it wouldn’t be surprising if older employees at Las Vegas retail outlets of Houston-based Mattress Firm have been losing some sleep over the past several years – all over the way they allege the store has treated them, discriminating against them in favor of younger workers. Their allegations are now being heard in federal court. Before it got there, though, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had to …

Why Older Workers Can’t Get a Break

For older job seekers who couldn’t catch a break in recent years, there’s new research that may not come as much of a surprise. During tough economic times, age discrimination laws aren’t likely to help if you didn’t get a job because of mistaken beliefs about older employees, a new study finds. Researchers examined how older employees fared during and after the recession in states that had the toughest age discrimination laws – stronger, even, than federal law. It turns out that …