Legislation that will encourage small business owners to create workplace wellness programs has been approved by the State Senate.
The “Wisconsin Healthy Jobs Act,” supported by NFIB/Wisconsin, would establish a grant program to help pay small business owners for starting a wellness program for their workers.
Senate Bill 73, introduced by Senator Terry Moulton (Chippewa Falls) and Representative John Murtha (Baldwin), would cap the entire program at $3 million per fiscal year.
Small businesses, defined as firms with fewer than 50 employees, could apply for grants and receive up to 30% of the cost of the workplace wellness program. There are specific requirements the wellness programs must meet for grant eligibility including health risk assessments, fitness incentives, nutrition education, stress management, weight management, physical examinations, chronic disease management, vaccinations, and worker injury prevention.
Senate Bill 73 received the unanimous support of the State Senate, and will be considered by the Assembly during the January floor period.
The author of the bill, Senator Terry Moulton, a small business owner from Chippewa Falls, believes a program offering assistance to employees to make healthier lifestyle decisions benefits both employers and employees.
NFIB members supporting Senate Bill 73 are urged to contact their elected representatives in the Assembly.