Yearly Archives: 2009

Congress Considers a Bill to Extend COBRA benefits

The discussion about health care reform has increased awareness of the high cost of health insurance for people who are not in a group plan.  While employed and in an employer-sponsored plan, an employee usually gets a reasonable plan for a pretty reasonable price, or even free, depending on the employer’s policies.  But then the...
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Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act is Active

On Saturday, the anti-discrimination portions of the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) became effective. Title II of the law applies to employers with 15 or more employees, the threshold for race, sex, religious, and other forms of discrimination.  Employers are now forbidden from using “genetic information” in making employment decisions, and forbidden intentionally...
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