On May 20, the Senate passed a bill (S956) that would provide for the continuation of health insurance coverage for employees and their dependents covered under group health benefits plans when an employer ceases to exist. The provisions of this bill will enable such employees to benefit from federal COBRA subsidies that cover 65 percent of the cost of the continuation health benefits coverage, which were enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Under the bill, whenever an employer ceases to exist, the insurer for that employer’s health benefits plan must make available the same benefits under that plan to a covered employee and any spouse or dependent child who is a qualified beneficiary on the day prior to the employer ceasing to exist. If elected, the period of continued coverage provided under the bill will be extended for 18 months. The bill would remain in effect for the duration of the federal COBRA subsidies provided under ARRA.
The effective date for the revisions to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations is less than 80 days away, and employers continue to struggle with the challenges created by changes to the existing rule. On September 20, 2016, two disparate groups filed two federal court lawsuits, both attempting to put off or halt the implementation of the revisions.
Please Release Me: New California Civil Code Section 1542 Release Language Effective January 1, 2019
Given the litigious environment in California, employers operating in the state are in great need of enforceable general release terms in severance and settlement agreements. California employers entering into severance or settlement agreements will want to be aware of the amendment to California Civil Code Section 1542.
EEOC Greenlights Employer Requests of Information from Job Candidates for Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit
On April 29, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an opinion letter reiterating its position that proper use of Internal Revenue Service Form 8850 for the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) does not violate federal equal employment opportunity laws.