Employers need to examine policies, laws in light of SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling

June 26, 2015 2 COMMENTS

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage means employers across the country need to take a look at their policies as well as the effect the ruling has on various laws dealing with employment.Pride flag at city hall

The Court’s 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges struck down prohibitions on gay marriage in states covered by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. But it has the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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President, Congress Extend COBRA Subsidy Again

April 16, 2010 3 COMMENTS

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 4851) into law. The bill, which passed the U.S. Senate by a 59-38 vote and the U.S. House of Representatives by a 289-112 vote yesterday, extends the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The new legislation extends the subsidy to individuals who are involuntarily terminated between April 1, 2010, and May 31, 2010. Since the last COBRA subsidy extension period ended March 31, 2010, this extension applies retroactively. Congress is also considering legislation that would further extend the COBRA subsidy to the end of the year.

Obama Includes Another COBRA Subsidy Extension in Budget

February 03, 2010 0 COMMENTS

The Obama administration proposed another extension of COBRA premium subsidy benefits on Monday, according to Business Insurance. President Barack Obama included this latest extension in his proposed federal budget for the fiscal year 2011. The proposed extension would reportedly extend the 65 percent premium subsidy to individuals whose employment is terminated between March 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010, and those individuals would be eligible for the subsidy for up to 12 months.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which President Obama signed into law last February, created the original federal COBRA subsidy. Under the ARRA, the federal government paid 65 percent of COBRA premiums for up to nine months for employees who were involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009.

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DOL Releases Updated COBRA Model Notices

January 13, 2010 2 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) just released updated COBRA Model Notices that reflect the COBRA subsidy extension that was part of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. The new COBRA subsidy legislation extends the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and requires employers to provide notice to certain current and future COBRA beneficiaries that details the premium subsidy extension created by the new legislation.

The EBSA’s COBRA page now has several new model notices available, including: read more…

COBRA Subsidy Extension Legislation’s Effect on Employers

December 28, 2009 0 COMMENTS

Last week, President Barack Obama signed legislation into law that extends the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The legislation extends:

  • the total allowable time an individual could receive the COBRA subsidy by six months (from nine to 15 months); and
  • the subsidy to individuals who are involuntarily terminated between January 1, 2010, and February 28, 2010.

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President Signs COBRA Subsidy Extension Legislation into Law

December 22, 2009 19 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama signed legislation into law today that would extend the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The legislation was part of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R. 3326), a bill that appropriates funds for the Department of Defense. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 395-34 vote and the U.S. Senate by an 88-10 vote last week. The legislation extends: read more…

Senate Votes to Extend COBRA Subsidy

December 19, 2009 2 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension

In an unusual Saturday morning session on Dec. 19, the U.S. Senate voted 88-10 to pass legislation that would extend the original federal COBRA subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which President Barack Obama signed into law in February.

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COBRA Bills Face Uncertain Future as Federal Subsidy Begins to Expire

November 30, 2009 7 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension

By Ashley Gillihan and Carolyn Smith

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House Passes Momentous Health Care Reform Legislation

November 08, 2009 0 COMMENTS

In a 220-215 vote, House Democrats passed a controversial health care reform bill with only one Republican voting for the legislation. The Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) is a combination of three different health care reform bills approved by House committees this summer and is 1,990 pages with a 42-page manager’s amendment.

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House Health Reform Bill’s Impact on Employers

November 03, 2009 1 COMMENTS

Update Dec. 16: COBRA Subsidy Extension Provisions Likely to Be Enacted As Part of DOD Appropriations Act

By Ashley Gillihan and John Hickman

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