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WWCMA strives to provide best-in-class learning programs that includes webinars and face-to-face events throughout Massachusetts.

Upcoming Learning Programs

 WEBINAR: What Do We Do Now? What to Expect After the EEOC v. AARP Case

Forget carrots and sticks - a recent ruling against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may have serious legal implications for your wellness program. In 2016, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) brought a lawsuit against the EEOC stating that the EEOC’s wellness incentive rule did not meet the requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The court ruled in favor of the AARP, stating that employer-sponsored wellness incentives may no longer rely on the ADA and GINA safe harbors of 30% of the total cost of self-only coverage effective Jan. 1, 2019.  This means that employers will face uncertainty when incentivizing employee participation in health risk assessments or biometric screens. 

This webinar will discuss what the AARP case means for workplace wellness and what workplace wellness program designers can do to stay compliant with the ADA and GINA. It will be led by Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH and Attorney/President of the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC, will discuss:

  • Background on the AARP v. EEOC lawsuit and Wellness Compliance.
  • How the case affects employers and existing wellness programs.
  • What can employers expect without being able to predict the future.
  • How to move forward with various incentive options and the associated risks. 

WHEN:    Thursday March 8th
12:00 - 1:00 PM
FREE for WWCMA Members, $20 for Non-Members



Speaker Information

Barbara J. Zabawa 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. Barbara also owns the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC a law firm dedicated to improving legal access and compliance for the health and wellness industries. 

Barbara is lead author of the book Rule the Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs, published by the American Bar Association.  She is a frequent writer and speaker on health and wellness law topics, having presented for national organizations such as WELCOA, National Wellness Institute, HPLive, Healthstat University and HERO.

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 sits on the Board of Directors for Health Promotion Advocates, a national nonprofit organization created to integrate health promotion into the national agenda.  She also is a Board Member for the Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, a health care organization that specializes in treating mental illness and she chairs the State Bar of Wisconsin Health Law Section. Barbara is licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and New York. 


Past Programs

February 7, 2018 WorkWell MA Award Winners Tell All Webinar

November 7, 2017 Nine Workforce Trends That Are Changing Today's Workplace Webinar

July 18, 2017 Workplace Wellbeing: Engaging Millennials Webinar

May 10, 2017 A Workforce In Motion

April 12, 2017 Building a Career in Workplace Wellness

February 7, 2017 Workplace Wellbeing: Measuring and Managing Your Program Investment

January 12, 2017 Maximize Your Employee Health and Wellbeing: Help Them Sleep!

Deceber 14, 2016 Financial Wellness in the Modern Workplace

November 14, 2016 Obesity and Weight Management in the Workplace

August 17, 2016 What can Telemedicine do for your Company and your Employees? 

April 13, 2016 Winning Wellness Committees: How to Reboot and Re-energize Your Wellness Committee to Maximize Engagement

March 31, 2016 Becoming a Motivating Force in  Workplace Wellness; Understanding and motivating the disengaged

February 24, 2016  Employer-Driven Population Health Management

October 29, 2015 HERO Scorecard Program and Workshop

August 27, 2015 Massachusetts Tax Credit: A How-To Guide Webinar Recording - or - Slides Only

July 29, 2015 Creating a Sustainable Culture of Health: A data driven approach to improving health and performance

June 4-5, 2015 WellCert Level 1 

May 18, 2015 Workplace Wellness that Works

April 14, 2015 Workplace Wellness and Behavioral Economics

April 7, 2015 WorkWell Massachusetts Awards Q&A Session 

March 30, 2015 How to Justify Workplace Wellness: It's Value on Investments

November 5, 2014 Creating Resiliency Through Mindfulness Meditation

October 30, 2014  Networking Event with NEHRA & NEEBC

June 11, 2014 Summer Soiree

June 10, 2014 WellCert Certification Program

May 20, 2014 Increasing Employee Participation in Your Wellness Program

April 15, 2014 Multicultural Wellness

March 5, 2014 Annual Meeting and Networking Event

December 17, 2013 Wellness Cafe: Best Practices in Worksite Wellness

October 15, 2013 Positivity in the Workplace

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