GMA SHRM HR Roundtable

Ethical and Legal Considerations for Wellness Programs 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
M3 Insurance

Presentation Description


7:30 am




Location & Directions

3113 West Beltline Highway
Madison, WI 53713-2830

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Fees & Registration

Roundtables are smaller and less formal meetings for GMA SHRM members only.

Advance registration is required. Number of participants capped at 20.

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Presentation Description

Wellness programs are an invaluable tool for lowering medical insurance costs, raising employee morale, lessening sick and leave days, attracting new hires and influencing retention.  But what is legal and ethical when you focus on employee’s health, and what crosses the line into personal lives and decisions?

By exploring various wellness initiatives aimed at improving the health of employees, including Scott’s Miracle Gro’s policy of firing employees who smoke, we’ll explore health leadership v. mandated change.

We’ll review current cases and discuss the ethics of wellness initiatives, including how the recent growth of social media can impact wellness programs and employees' privacy.  Learn to skillfully implement a program that empowers employees AND achieves your objectives for a win-win result.

Learning objectives/outcomes for this session:

  1. Understand the ethical and legal considerations involved in a corporate wellness program.
  2. Explore empowering offerings and presentations instead of directives.
  3. Develop a simple but effective method for testing your wellness initiates and marketing materials.



Pat Barone was Madison's first credentialed coach through the global overseer of the coaching profession, the International Coach Federation (ICF).  In 2011, she became Madison's first ICF Master Certified Coach, a credential held by less than 650 coaches worldwide.  Pat has helped companies like American Family, General Casualty and CUNA train and professionalize their internal coaching programs and enliven their wellness programs for employees.  She is an expert (“America’s Weight Loss Catalyst”) in health and fitness with certifications in personal training and lifestyle change for weight loss.  Through her company, Catalyst Coaching® LLC, she catalyzes an international client roster of executives, creatives and business owners to reach their goals and potentials.  Pat has coached clients on four continents and is a well-known expert on the history and regulation of the coaching industry. Since 2000, her popular speaking engagements have enlivened corporate wellness programs and professional conferences and she appears on-air as NBC-15's Coach.




For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2830 Agriculture Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.