Amazon settles lawsuit alleging COBRA notices were threatening

July 12, 2023

Via: HR Dive

COBRA allows workers to continue to receive health benefits for a limited time after experiencing a qualifying event at their company, such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours, job transition, death, divorce and other life events. […]

Development & Evaluation, Employee retention

Managing Alternative Coverage and COBRA Coverage in Uncertain Economic Times

March 13, 2023

Via: HR Hero

We’ve all heard about the “Great Resignation” triggered by the post-COVID environment. Workers are deciding to voluntarily exit the workplace in search of other options. Separately, we have seen the news about a possible economic recession in the near future […]


Furniture company fires 2,700 workers just before Thanksgiving

November 29, 2022

Via: HRD America

All of the 2,700 workers at a US furniture company were fired at midnight two days before Thanksgiving, according to multiple reports. United Furniture Industries’ texted or emailed those terminated while they were sleeping, telling them not to come to […]


Managing Expectations When Administering COBRA Open Enrollment Periods

October 24, 2022

Via: HR Hero

It is that time of year again—time to plan for and implement annual open enrollment processes. At least it is that time for the typical group health plans that operate on a calendar-year basis. For most plans, this means it […]

Communication, Development & Evaluation

8 Effective Tips for Conducting Layoffs

September 8, 2022

Via: Entrepreneur

Letting go of employees never gets easier. The longer your tenure spans, the more you understand the demoralizing ramifications of a layoff. Whether the person about to be let go deserves it or not, they are still human and should […]


Former Employees Can’t Sue Employers Under Utah’s Mini-COBRA Statute

December 3, 2021

Via: HR Hero

In Greek mythology, Panacea was the goddess of universal remedy. She supposedly had a potion of herbs to cure almost any ailment. From the fabled goddess, the English language has adopted the word “panacea” to mean a cure-all or solution […]


Determining Voluntary Termination Under ARPA

July 9, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), if an employee willfully and knowingly disregards company policy, is she not voluntarily terminating her employment? Also, in that same vein, when does misconduct move from violating company policy and arrive at “gross […]


American Rescue Plan Offers Free COBRA Coverage, But it’s Very Complicated

May 3, 2021

Via: HR Hero

When President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), one of the effects was to make COBRA continuation coverage free for certain qualifying individuals and their families from April 1 to September 30, 2021. The free […]


Transportation Authority Immune from COBRA Claims Under PHSA, Court Finds

April 22, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Technically, continuation coverage rules under the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) apply to employees of state and local governments. Often, however, the problem is one of enforcement. It is not always easy to prevail in a case alleging continuation coverage […]

Research, Software

Employers: Here’s How to Avoid Getting Bitten by COBRA

October 9, 2019

Via: Workforce

COBRA benefits provide continued group health plan coverage after certain qualifying events, like termination of employment, and are a health care safety net for employees until benefits from a new job kick in. But for employers, staying compliant with COBRA […]