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Jan. 5 2010

Congress Enacts Legislation Extending COBRA Subsidies and Eligibility Period

Topics: Employee Benefits, New Laws & Legislation

President Obama recently signed legislation enacted by Congress to extend the eligibility period for the COBRA subsidy by two months, to February 28, 2010. The legislation also extends the maximum period for receiving the subsidy to 15 months (the maximum was previously 9months). The Department of Labor has issued a new fact sheetregarding COBRA subsidies, which is available here. Additional reference material is available on the Department of Labor website at www.dol.gov/cobra. Employers should review theiremployeenotices and practices for compliance with the new legislationand extended eligibility and coverage periods.

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Robin Largent has a regular presence in California state and federal courts and has been lead defense counsel and appellate counsel for large and small California employers in litigation (and arbitration) ranging from individual discrimination and harassment claims to complex wage and hour representative and class actions. She also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having substantial experience and success handling appeals, writ petitions, and amicus briefs in both state and federal court on issues such as class certification (particularly in the wage and hour arena), manageability and due process concerns associated with class action trials, exempt/non-exempt misclassification issues, meal and rest break compliance, trade secret/unfair competition matters, and the scope of federal court jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.
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