Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgJune 5, 2014 / Issue No. 3-14
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Employee Benefits
ACA Regulatory Updates Prompt New AGC Webinar June 24
New COBRA Notices Add Affordable Care Act Info
Workforce Development
Strategies for Recruiting Craft Workers to be Addressed in Free June 16 Web Meeting
Federal Contracting
Hiring Benchmark Now 7.2 Percent for OFCCP’s New VEVRAA Regulations
OFCCP Provides 503 Self-ID Form in Spanish, Word Formats
Federal Contractors Face New Compensation Disclosure Requirements
AGC Comments on Proposal to Change VETS-100 and VETS-100A Forms
Labor Law
Confidentiality Policy Barring Discussion of Cost and Personnel Information Violates NLRA
OSHA to Refer Stale Whistleblower Claims to NLRB
Employment Law
Construction Company to Pay DOL $600,000 for Misclassified Workers Provided By Labor Contractor
AGC Webinar Discusses on Legalized Marijuana in Construction
Labor & HR Education
Registration Open for Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference
Hot Topics in Construction Labor and Employment Law Covered at AGC Labor and Employment Law Council’s Annual Symposium
New COBRA Notices Add Affordable Care Act Info

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has updated its model notices that inform workers of their eligibility to continue healthcare coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”). The updates, announced May 2, are intended to clarify to workers that, if they are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage when leaving a job, they may instead choose to purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Click here for the revised Model COBRA Continuation Coverage General Notice and instructions. Click here for the revised Model COBRA Continuation Coverage Election Notice and instructions.

At the same time, DOL issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to update regulations addressing the COBRA model notices. Until rulemaking is finalized and effective, DOL will consider use of the model notices available on its website, appropriately completed, to constitute compliance with the notice content requirements of COBRA.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) also announced a special enrollment period for people who are already purchasing COBRA coverage and may not have known about the option to instead get coverage through the Marketplace. HHS published a bulletin on the matter here.

DOL, HHS, and the U.S. Department of Treasury jointly published frequently asked questions about Affordable Care Act implementation also on May 2. Click here to access.

For more information about COBRA, visit AGC’s online Labor & HR Topical Resources library, and select the main category “Compensation” and subcategory “COBRA.” For more information about the Affordable Care Act, select the main category “Other HR Issues” and subcategory “Health Care Reform.” See also the related article “ACA Regulatory Updates Prompt New AGC Webinar.”

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