In the USA, people who participate in employee wellness programmes at work may see some new rules starting this year. Some employers offer wellness programmes to employees in order to lower the overall cost of health insurance coverage. Wellness programmes were allowable as long as they were voluntary. The new rules regarding employee wellness programmes will take effect this year. It’s the result of a lawsuit over whether a wellness program tied to lower health insurance premiums was truly voluntary. The AARP sued the equal employment opportunity commission over the definition of voluntary - their argument was that tying a wellness program to health insurance premiums can’t be voluntary.