EANE Weekly: HR Hotline Questions;MA Workforce Training Grant; Wage & Hour Mistakes

Hotline Call of The Week

My employee is out on FMLA and has not been paying their portion of their health insurance premiums. Can I terminate their coverage?

The FMLA regulations have very specific rules for canceling an employee’s group health plan benefits while they are on FMLA leave. Generally, an employer may terminate an employee’s health coverage if an employee’s premium payment is more than 30 days late (unless there is an established employer policy that provides for a longer grace period).

However, before terminating coverage, the employer must provide written notice to the employee that the payment has not been received and that coverage will end in 15 days if the premium is not paid. If the employer has established policies regarding other, non-FMLA, forms of unpaid leave that provide for the employer to cease coverage retroactively to the date the unpaid premium payment was due, the employer may drop the employee from coverage retroactively in accordance with that policy, provided the 15-day notice was given. In the absence of such a policy, coverage for the employee may be terminated at the end of the 30-day grace period, where the required 15-day notice has been provided.

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FREE MA Workforce Training Grant Briefing (Virtual)
March 18 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am EDT

Could your organization use additional funds to stretch your employee training budget? Let us show you how The Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund can help!  If you need help funding your training initiatives and would like to learn more about how to obtain these funds, attend one of EANE’s FREE informational briefings.

You’ll Learn:

  • Who is eligible for training grants
  • How to apply for a training grant
  • What assistance is available to help you through the process

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Top 10 Wage and Hour Mistakes (Virtual)
March 23 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT - $175

This workshop increases your basic understanding of FLSA by focusing on the more challenging and misunderstood exemptions and the many unknown pitfalls and mistakes employers make when classifying positions. You’ll explore the subtleties of the regulations and the complex, yet common, business scenarios that will assist in determining exempt or nonexempt status and examine the inevitable increase in the salary level threshold – and its impact on how our jobs are structured.

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