EBIA Weekly Newsletter

What Documentation Should We Require to Demonstrate Eligibility for Domestic Partner Benefits?

   June 1, 2017

QUESTION: Our company offers coverage for domestic partners under our self-insured group health plan. What documentation should we require employees to provide to demonstrate eligibility for coverage? ANSWER: As the sponsor of a self-insured plan, your company is generally free to define the term “domestic partner” as it chooses and to determine what documentation will … Read More

EBIA Has the Compliance Resources You’re Looking For

   May 25, 2017

Whether you are following the latest developments or need a resource for the ongoing compliance questions that come across your desk, EBIA has what you need. Here are some highlights of what we’ve added lately to our COBRA and Consumer-Driven Health Care publications: COBRA. We have updated our discussion of the … Read More

Providing Voluntary Separation Agreements to Some Employees Did Not Create an Informal ERISA Severance Plan

   May 25, 2017

Mance v. Quest Diagnostics Inc., 2017 WL 684711 (D. N.J. 2017) Available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-njd-2_12-cv-07361/pdf/USCOURTS-njd-2_12-cv-07361-1.pdf A sales manager sued her former employer following her involuntary termination of employment, asserting that she was entitled to severance benefits because the employer’s practice of providing voluntary separation agreements (VSAs) to some departing employees created an … Read More