For workers at CVS, body fat can be costly


The Boston Herald disclosed CVS’ new health screening policy Tuesday and revealed that workers who fail to comply would face $50-a-month surcharge. That $600-a-year penalty somewhat undermines CVS’ suggestion that the new policy is “voluntary,” but it’s an increasingly common move by companies looking to save money by avoiding employees with costly health conditions.

Under the new federal health care insurance mandate, companies may also penalize obese workers, smokers and anyone else who doesn’t participate in the company wellness plan and meet specific goals.

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