Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), group health plans sponsored by employers that employ an average of 20 or more employees are required to offer continuation coverage in specific circumstances. While the requirements imposed by COBRA are varied and complex, one of the most important issues for employer-sponsors to understand is what triggers the right to continuation coverage. One of these triggers, known as qualifying events, must occur for an individual to have rights to continued coverage under the health plan.Read More
The need for social distancing has put a pause on normal socializing activities, like family get-togethers, restaurant outings and music concerts. As the pandemic continues, social distancing doesn’t need to mean social isolation. This Live Well, Work Well article provides more information.
As part of its employee benefits offering, an employer may choose to extend coverage under its group health plan to the domestic partners of employees. An employer may make this decision to more effectively recruit and retain talent, or it may do so based on society’s evolving views of marriage and relationships. Regardless of the motivation, employers that decide to offer coverage to domestic partners face several important compliance issues, including design-based considerations and taxation requirements.
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The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month's newsletter discusses ways to start your year off right, how to kick stress eating to the curb and National Blood Donor Month.
This month's HR Brief looks at ways to encourage employees to use telehealth services, and developing important employee skills for the post-pandemic workplace.
On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the much-anticipated COVID-19 relief bill (the “Bill”), which was approved by Congress a week earlier. The Bill, a follow-up to the March 2020 CARES Act, provides a second round of stimulus dollars and economic relief measures; it also contains several provisions of particular importance to employers.