As employers face the threat of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigations into their wellness programs, Congress is contemplating legislation in support of financial incentives for employer-sponsored wellness programs. But at least one wellness industry practitioner says employers are focused on the wrong issue.

“The bigger issue is the whole concept of punishing people if they don’t participate in a wellness program. [That] is just really an abomination,” says Dr. Jon Robison, founding partner, Salveo Partners LLC, who has been highly critical of studies showing positive ROI for wellness programs.

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