Navigating the Legal Landscape of Wellness Programs
Skill Building Session II
Title: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Wellness Programs
Speaker: Charles Stevens, Partner Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP
Description: Since 2013, the federal government has issued three sets of regulations on employer wellness programs, creating new issues in complying with these sometimes inconsistent rules. Moreover, courts have issued opinions creating greater uncertainty with respect to interpretation and enforcement. Attorney Charles Stevens will assist attendees in navigating a compliant path to effective wellness programs.
- Learn the sources and current status of the applicable laws pertaining to wellness programs in the form of legislation, regulations and court decisions
- Understand pragmatic approaches to wellness programs that permit an effective program while ensuring compliance with the various rules
- Gain insight as to the respective “hot button” legal issues from the perspectives of the respective governmental agencies overseeing wellness programs
Charlie Stevens has represented employers and benefit plans for over thirty years, analyzing and fixing problems that arise with employment and benefit programs and providing a strategic approach to compliance and risk management planning. He represents employers in court and before state and federal agencies with respect to numerous benefits and employment issues and provides litigation avoidance advice regarding employee benefit programs, including wellness programs and on-site clinics for employees. Charlie is an active member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and works with Chamber staff in providing comments to federal agencies on proposed employee benefits regulations. Charlie’s work is regularly honored by regional and national ranking organizations, such as Chambers USA, which named him a “Leader in the Field,” and The Best Lawyers in America.