Podcast Episode 130: More COBRA Cases — Class Actions and COBRA Election Notices

In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon discuss several recent COBRA cases. Suzanne starts by outlining several class action lawsuits filed against employers and plan sponsors relating to deficiencies in an employer health plan’s COBRA election notice. Suzanne and Chase discuss the use of the DOL’s Model Election Notice and how that usage interacts with potential DOL regulatory fines and participant lawsuits, and how employers can get into trouble by not including the appropriate information in the model or other election notices. Suzanne then describes a lawsuit against a single employer relating to a COBRA election notice delivery failure, including the involvement of a TPA.

Periodically, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page for the most up-to-date episode.

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