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Examining Lawsuits Against "Voluntary" Wellness Programs and How They Impact Incentives and Design

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The current law around what is a “voluntary” wellness program can often be misunderstood in the corporate wellness industry. Recent lawsuits have many questioning if their program is compliant and how might these lawsuits impact future wellness program design.

In this webinar, Attorney Barbara Zabawa will discuss two pending lawsuits–AARP v. Austin Industrial and Williams, et al. v. City of Chicago. She will talk about what it means to have a “voluntary” wellness program and also explore ways to reduce the risk of lawsuits or complaints from employees when implementing workplace wellness programs.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Details about two recent lawsuits against workplace wellness programs and their potential impact
  • How EEOC laws define “voluntary" wellness programs
  • Ways to reduce legal risk when implementing or administering a wellness program

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About Barbara Zabawa

Barbara Zabawa Headshot (square)Attorney Barbara J. Zabawa is an industry expert on health and wellness law topics. She is the founder and President of the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC, a law firm dedicated to improving legal access and compliance for the health and wellness industries. She is also the lead author of the book, Rule the Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs, published by the American Bar Association and a frequent speaker on health and wellness law topics, having presented for national organizations such as WELCOA, National Wellness Conference, HPLive, Healthstat University, and HERO.

Barbara is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Services Administration where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health law and compliance, US health care delivery and health professions career development.

Before graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School, she obtained an MPH degree from the University of Michigan. Immediately prior to starting her own firm, she was Associate General Counsel and HIPAA Privacy Officer for a large health insurer where she advised on Affordable Care Act matters. She was also a shareholder and Health Law Team Leader at a large Wisconsin law firm.

Barbara serves health and wellness professionals and organizations across the country as an advocate, a transactional lawyer, and a compliance resource. Her commitment to improving health and wellness also shows through her community service. Barbara founded the Wellness Compliance Institute, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve wellness program and activity compliance. She has also been appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute and Rogers Behavioral Health System.

Barbara is licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and New York


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