April 7, 2016 -- University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica L. Roberts will discuss the legality and ethics of corporate wellness programs at the 2016 Law Medicine Center Conference at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. The conference begins at 9 a.m. on April 15.
The day-long conference, titled, “Corporate Wellness Programs: Are they Hazardous to Well-Being?” will feature discussions on the legal and policy perspectives of corporate wellness programs. Roberts is one of eight speakers at the conference, and will cover ethical and legal concerns of corporate wellness programs, including their potential for discrimination against the disabled, cost shifting, compromising employee privacy, autonomy, and other topics.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to discuss the legal and ethical implications of employee wellness programs,” said Roberts, Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the Law Center. “In particular, these programs may not truly provide employees with meaningful choices. I hope attendees will leave with a clearer sense of how wellness programs affect employees."
Corporate wellness programs are defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a “set of health promotion and protection strategies implemented at the worksite that includes programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and links to the surrounding community designed to encourage the health and safety of all employees.”