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Warning Sirens Echo as Harassment in the Workplace Rises
Harassment, like a natural disaster, can wreak havoc on any community or business. This year we had several devastating hurricanes make landfall and more workplace harassment scandals than we can count. Media coverage on harassment has recently exploded; however, harassment in the workplace is not a new issue. Organizations have been working toward harassment-free workplaces for years by taking action against individuals who violate company guidelines.

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In late 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published Proposed Rules on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). The Proposed Rules provide clarification about what incentives may be offered for spousal participation under employer-sponsored wellness programs without violating GINA. The Proposed Rules follow 2013’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) wellness rules and the EEOC’s proposed wellness rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from April 2015 and add yet another layer of complexity for employer-sponsored wellness programs.

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