Understanding and Administering COBRA

Duration: 60 Minutes
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires employers to allow employees to continue group health care coverage for 18 to 36 months following termination of employment or reduction in hours. Premiums are paid by the employee. However, administration of COBRA is not always as simple as one might expect. For example, family members of an employee are entitled to certain COBRA benefits. Some employees enjoy benefits for 18 months while others are entitled to 36 months of benefits. Now with a number of states recognizing same sex marriage, gay employees may cover spouses under COBRA. This program will provide a clear overview of COBRA with pragmatic advice for administering it in your company.
Understanding COBRA
Instructor: Kenneth Sprang
Product ID: 500348

Almost every employer with 20 or more employees is subject to COBRA. Some states have adopted "min-COBRA" statutes which reach employer with fewer employees and/or impose different eligibility requirements and different benefits. COBRA has been a godsend to employees who lost jobs or whose hours were reduced so as to make them disqualified for employer sponsored healthcare benefits.

Now that insurers can no longer discriminate against persons with pre-existing conditions because of the Affordable Care Act, the importance of COBRA could be reduced. In some states an employee might actually find better, less expensive coverage through one of the available exchanges. For now, however, COBRA is alive and well. The rules governing the statute are not onerous, but there are several ministerial tasks for employers in administering COBRA. This webinar will introduce you to the fundamentals of the statute, administration of the statute by employers, and some of the changes that have arisen recently.

Why Should you Attend:
Understanding COBRA and administering it properly is both good business in terms of HR policies, and in terms of avoiding costly conflicts with government agencies. Employers may be reviewing health care benefits in light of the Affordable Care Act, and any change in health care benefits may have COBRA implications. This webinar is designed to provide a comprehensive view of COBRA and provide pragmatic tips on structuring and administering COBRA in your company.

Objectives of the Presentation:
  • Overview of the COBRA
  • Who is Covered By the COBRA
  • State Mini-COBRA statutes
  • Administration of COBRA
  • Termination of COBRA benefits
  • Latest developments in COBRA
Who can Benefit:
  • HR Directors
  • Persons administering COBRA benefits
  • Personnel involved in labor and employment matters
  • Attorneys who advise and represent clients regarding employment matters (you probably will not get a response from them as they will be looking for CLE credit)
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Instructor Profile:
Kenneth A. Sprang is the managing partner of Washington International Business Counsel, LLP, in Washington, DC, a boutique firm serving businesses around the United States and abroad. Mr. Sprang counsels and represents both domestic and international clients in labor and employment and employee benefits matters, as well as a wide range of corporate, business and transactional matters.

Mr. Sprang began his career with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a large, multi-national firm, known particularly for its labor and employment expertise. Subsequently, he served as in house counsel in two Fortune 500 companies. Later, Mr. Sprang founded legal departments and served as in-house general counsel for several privately-held companies. Mr. Sprang has also spent several years as a full-time law professor teaching labor and employment law, and continues teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles relating to labor and employment law.

Mr. Sprang brings to his clients 35 years of experience and expertise in labor and employment law. He represents employers in traditional labor relations matters, as well as in wage and hour, employment discrimination, HR, employee benefits, and other issues related to employment. In addition to representing clients in all aspects of U.S. labor and employment law (including specific state laws), he has served on the senior staff of the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board and taught the subject for many years. He is the author or co-author of several books and articles on labor and employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Currently he provides outside editorial assistance to an online HR company.
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