Thursday, March 19, 2009

Department of Labor posts wealth of information on new COBRA subsidy

As I’ve previously reported, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, commonly known as President Obama’s economic stimulus bill, provides for a nine-month 65% subsidy of the COBRA premiums for involuntarily terminated employees. The Department of Labor has updated its website with lots of information for employer and employees on the subsidy: FAQS, flyers, posters, and other COBRA-related resources. Missing, however, is the one resource that would be the most useful to employers: a model form to provide to terminated employees. The DOL does say that it “is actively working to issue additional guidance regarding the COBRA premium reductions.” Perhaps it will issue the model COBRA notice along with this additional guidance. When the DOL gets around to publishing the model notice, I will be sure to post a link.

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