Military Service -- COBRA

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    Of all the federal laws governing the workplace, COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) is at the top of the list in terms of complexity and confusion. COBRA is basically a safety net for employees and their families to keep their health insurance, at their own expense, when they’re between jobs or other life...

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    Under COBRA, group health plans must provide covered employees and their families with certain notices explaining their COBRA rights. They must also have rules for how COBRA continuation coverage is offered, how qualified beneficiaries may elect continuation coverage, and when it can be terminated. For more information on this subject, visit...

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    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) applies to all employers and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Veterans Employment and Training Service. USERRA prohibits employers from denying any benefit of employment on the basis of an individual's membership, application for membership, performance of...

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    The U.S. Department of Labor has released final rules for the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). The regulations apply to all private employers as well as state and local governments. Continuing health insurance coverage The regulations provide particularly important new...
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    Q: One of our managers was looking up employees on MySpace - on his own time - and found one who posted pictures of himself getting high. Of course, there could be something besides marijuana in the bong, but probably not. Does his behavior constitute reasonable suspicion? It seems that it wasn't very reasonable for the manager to...
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    Q: One of our managers was looking up employees on MySpace - on his own time - and found one who posted pictures of himself getting high. Of course, there could be something besides marijuana in the bong, but probably not. Does his behavior constitute reasonable suspicion? It seems that it wasn't very reasonable for the manager to...
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    This month, we answer questions on a variety of employment issues, including drug testing and the Internet, storing documents electronically, dealing with problematic spouses, and complying with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Q: One of our managers was looking up employees on...
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    U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq has resulted in a great many employers having one or more employees take leave to carry out a military assignment. If your company provides health insurance coverage to its employees, this article will help you brush up on your obligations to employees who take military leave...
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