Iowa Employment Law Blog

Iowa Employment Law Blog

Alert and inform about legal issues, risks, and solutions relating to employees

Published By Patrick D. Smith

Category Archives: Employee Wellness

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Obesity as a Protected Class?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Employee Wellness, Human Resources Compliance
This post in HR Observations (Hat tip: Ohio Employer’s Law Blog) explores whether obesity could be the next characteristic to become protected under the anti-discrimination laws.   A group called the "Obesity Action Coalition" complains that discrimination against obese people is widespread.  Employer concern about rising costs associated with employee health coverage, workers’ compensation costs,  and an emphasis on employee wellness… Continue Reading

Does Your Company Wellness Plan Discriminate?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Employee Wellness, Human Resources Compliance
A recent study of Iowa employers revealed that 51 percent offered some type of health screening to their employees.  Many companies also offer other "wellness" benefits to encourage employees to exercise and adopt healthy lifestyles.   The wellness program of a prominent Des Moines employer was recently profiled in the Des Moines Register (link here).  Company… Continue Reading

Welcome to Iowa Employment Law Blog

Posted in Employee Wellness
Welcome to the official launch of Iowa Employment Law Blog!   Important changes and developments in employment and labor law are occurring at an ever increasing pace.  Our goal at Iowa Employment Law Blog is to provide practical information and analysis on the latest developments, trends, and changes in this important area of the law.   Iowa Employment Law Blog intends to… Continue Reading