New COBRA Mandates for Employers
Complying With the Continuation Coverage Provisions of the Economic Stimulus Plan
Sweeping changes to COBRA provisions effective immediately
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This seminar will examine the new COBRA provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and recommend steps employers should take immediately to ensure compliance with the new requirements.
- New COBRA subsidy
- Duration of subsidy
- Option to change coverage
- Special 60-day election period
- New notice and reporting requirements
- Payroll tax credit
- Steps employers should take immediately to ensure compliance
- Update COBRA communication materials
- Identify eligible individuals
- Written notice to eligible individuals
- Implement administrative procedures for providing subsidy and obtaining payroll tax credit
- Review severance policies and agreements that provide COBRA subsidy to determine if special provisions apply
- Coordinate with COBRA vendors and insurance carriers
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- How does the new Act define an "assistance eligible individual"?
- How does the new law impact individuals who recently declined COBRA coverage prior to the passage of the new law?
- What changes do employers need to make to their COBRA notice policies and practices?
- How do employers apply for the payroll tax credit?
Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.
Paul M. Hamburger
McDermott Will & Emery
He advises employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including matters affecting tax-qualified... | Read More
He advises employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation plans and welfare benefit plans. He is a frequent speaker on employee benefit matters. He is also an author of numerous articles and other publications on employee benefits matters, including The COBRA Guide.Close
Stacy H. Barrow
He advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental and individual clients on matters related to executive compensation... | Read More
He advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental and individual clients on matters related to executive compensation and employee benefits. He assists with issues arising under the various laws and regulations governing qualified retirement plans and benefits arrangements, including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and the Internal Revenue Code.Close
Keith R. McMurdy
He focuses primarily on labor and employment issues arising from the design, drafting and administration of employee... | Read More
He focuses primarily on labor and employment issues arising from the design, drafting and administration of employee benefits plans. He represents benefit plans, plan sponsors, plan administrators, third-party administrators and insurers. He is a frequent speaker on employee benefits topics, including plan administration, regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance.Close
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