Human Resources News & Insights

No proof of receipt, no problem: A blueprint for winning a COBRA suit

Failing to provide a timely notice is a major source of COBRA-related lawsuits employers face. Even if the company relies on a TPA to handle its COBRA administration, it’s still ultimately liable for any violations. 

Navigating tricky coverage eliminations under COBRA regs

If a company decides to eliminate spousal and dependent coverage under its group health plan, does it have an obligation to offer COBRA to the spouses and dependents that were dropped from the plan?  

Do your COBRA notices include this? Missing info costs employer $290K

This employer thought its COBRA notices fulfilled its legal obligations. But this recent legal spat revealed two areas employers have to double-check.  

COBRA lawsuit: Pro-employer ruling shows importance of ‘good faith’ efforts

When an employer accidentally fails to send a timely COBRA notice to a terminated employee, is the company doomed to pay steep penalties if the individual sues?  

You saw this coming: New ACA forms and instructions from the IRS

With less than six months to go until the bulk of the ACA reporting deadlines kick in, the IRS has released new versions of the reporting forms as well as some important details on what’s expected of employers when it comes to the actual reporting process.  

Why now’s the perfect time for a COBRA audit

If COBRA administration isn’t on the top of your priority list, it’s understandable. After all, with affordable coverage available on the ACA’s federal and state exchanges, nobody’s likely to opt for costly COBRA coverage, right? 

Court slaps employer with $83K fine for ‘intentional’ COBRA violation

When it comes to complying with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act — or COBRA — mistakes will happen, and courts understand that. But it’s egregious errors like this they won’t stand for. 

Say what? Court says written COBRA notice not required

All along, employers have come to believe that they must issue a written Election Notice to COBRA-eligible employees to let them know their rights under the law. But apparently, that’s not the case at all.

Will health care reform cure your COBRA headaches?

It’s no secret Obamacare hasn’t been well received by HR professionals. On the whole, they feel it adds unnecessary complexity and costs. But there may be a silver lining to the law.  

How much can a COBRA mistake by your TPA cost you? $1.8M

When some employers hire a third-party administrator (TPA) to handle their COBRA paperwork, they wipe their brows and think: Whew, at least I don’t have to worry about that anymore. But as a recent court ruling revealed, that thought process couldn’t be further from reality.