It keeps going … and going ... and going.
The House recently passed legislation to extend the 15-month, 65% COBRA premium subsidy another month, until April 30, as well as emergency unemployment insurance benefits until May 5. (In early March, President Obama signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010, which extended the COBRA subsidy until March 31 and unemployment insurance benefits until April 5.)
In the meantime, the Senate has passed a more comprehensive bill – the Tax Extender Act of 2009 - that would push these benefits out to year’s end, which the House is expected to pass. But if the vote comes after these latest deadlines have passed, another “stopgap” extender bill may be necessary.
Are you keeping your involuntarily terminated employees informed of these extensions, and their possible eligibility?
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released recommended language for communicating the COBRA extension to your employees. To keep things simple (and legally compliant!), check out our COBRA poster, employee notices and other recordkeeping resources.