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style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><img width=657 height=130 id="_x0000_i1026" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs087/1102316631277/img/15.jpg" vspace=5 alt="Wagner Header" name=ACCOUNT.IMAGE.15 border=0><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width=160 valign=top style='width:120.0pt;background:white; padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK2"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="100%" valign=top style='width:100.0%;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;background:#B2C4D0; border:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:solid black .75pt;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><a name=LETTER.BLOCK2></a><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:white'>The Wagner Law Group Description</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size: 14.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#006E6D'>&nbsp;</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#006E6D'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span></td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:2;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='border:none;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <div> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation, is a nationally recognized ERISA&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;employee benefits, estate planning, employment, labor &amp; human resources&nbsp;practice.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Established in 1996, The Wagner Law Group has&nbsp;22 attorneys engaged exclusively in employee benefits,</span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#5A879E'> </span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>estate planning and employment law.&nbsp;Six of our attorneys are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell as having very high to preeminent legal abilities and ethical standards. The firm is among the largest ERISA boutiques in the country. Our practice is national in scope, with clients in more than 40 states and several foreign countries.</span></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#5A879E'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </div> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p align=center style='margin:0in; text-align: center; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: .0001pt;'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#5A879E'>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><a name=LETTER.BLOCK3></a><span style='display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;background:#B2C4D0; 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color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;&nbsp;Integrity | Excellence</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Massachusetts Office&nbsp;</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Tel: (617) 357-5200&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Fax: (617) 357-5250&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>99 Summer Street&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>13th Floor<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Boston, MA 02110<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Florida Office</span></strong>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Tel: (561) 293-3590<br> Fax: (561) 293-3591<br> 7108 Fairway Drive<br> Suite 125<br> Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;<strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>&nbsp;</span></strong>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><strong><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>San Francisco Office</span></strong></span><span style='mso-bookmark: _MailOriginal'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; 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margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt;display:table' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK6"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow: yes'> <td style='padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <div><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'> <div><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'> <div><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'> <div> <p align=center style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: center'><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><b><span style='font-size:14.0pt; font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:#006E6D'>EEOC Sues Employer for Violating ADA Wellness Program Rules&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></b></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </td> <span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'></span> </tr> </table> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <p class=MsoNormal style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;"><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><a name=LETTER.BLOCK23></a><span style='display:none;mso-hide:all'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0;">&nbsp;</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt;display:table' id="content_LETTER.BLOCK23"> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow: yes'> <td style='padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'> <div><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (&quot;EEOC&quot;) has charged a Wisconsin-based employer with violating federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical exams that were not job-related but were part of the employer's wellness program, and then firing the employee when she refused to participate in the program.</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>The EEOC filed the lawsuit under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (&quot;ADA&quot;), which prohibits disability discrimination in employment. The federal agency had first attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement with the employer through its conciliation process. The lawsuit, <i>EEOC vs. Orion Energy Systems</i>, is the first to directly challenge an employer's wellness program under the ADA.&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><u><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>ADA Wellness Program Rules</span></span></u></span><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>. The ADA limits when employers may require employees to undergo medical examinations or to provide answers to medical inquiries. However, voluntary medical examinations and inquiries are allowed as part of an employee wellness program if:</span><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <ul type=disc> <li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in'><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family: "&amp;apos","serif"'>participation in the program is voluntary;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></li> <li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in'><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family: "&amp;apos","serif"'>information obtained is kept confidential in accordance with ADA rules; and</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></li> <li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in'><span style='Times New Roman&apos;&apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family: "&amp;apos","serif"'>information obtained is not used to discriminate against the employee.</span><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></li> </ul> <p style='margin:0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt;'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>Applicable ADA regulations further define a voluntary wellness program as one that neither requires employees to participate nor penalizes employees for non-participation.</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><u><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>Facts</span></u></span><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif"; color:black'>. In 2009, the employer implemented a wellness program that included a health risk assessment, blood work and a fitness component. One employee refused to participate in the program over concerns about whether the program was voluntary and whether the information obtained would be kept confidential.</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>Although the employer's group health plan was employer-pay-all, as a result of the employee's refusal to participate in the program, the employer shifted responsibility for payment of the premium for health benefits to the employee. </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>The employer then terminated the employee for her refusal to participate in the program. In response, the employee filed a complaint with the EEOC, and the agency has now filed a lawsuit against the employer in federal court. The EEOC is seeking injunctions, back pay and compensatory and punitive damages against the company.</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><u><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>Action Steps for Employers</span></span></u></span><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>. Employers should be aware that the ADA may prohibit severe penalties under wellness programs such as shifting 100% of the premium cost for health benefits onto the employee or firing an employee who chooses not to participate. Positive incentives for wellness program participation are far less likely to violate the ADA. </span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='Times New Roman&apos; &apos;serif&apos'><span style='mso-bookmark:_MailOriginal'><span style='font-family:"&amp;apos","serif";color:black'>Employers that sponsor wellness programs are advised to follow the <i>Orion</i> case and to stay alert for other developments impacting the wellness programs rules under the ADA. In addition, it should be noted that IRS, DOL and HHS have issued a separate set of requirements for wellness programs. 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