Notify your employees about the employment-related provisions of the new economic stimulus package, including COBRA premium reductions, unemployment benefit extensions, and changes to HIPAA privacy and security standards.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, includes several provisions that impact both employers and employees. Specifically, ARRA provides for a 65% reduction in COBRA premiums for terminated workers, extends unemployment benefits for discharged workers, and expands HIPAA privacy and security rules pertaining to electronic health information.
These provisions of ARRA, particularly the HIPAA and COBRA mandates, have garnered national press coverage and stimulated questions from current and former employees. As such, employers are strongly urged to acknowledge the law changes in the workplace, notify employees about their rights and obligations, and modify company policies and procedures accordingly.
Our 2009 ARRA Notification Poster includes plain language explanations of the three major employment-related provisions of the stimulus package and communicates a good faith effort to comply with these changes in law. Posting this information in an employee breakroom or lunch area can reduce the number of questions directed to HR managers, office managers, and supervisors, while providing accurate, authoritative information on each major provision.
Our 11” x 17” American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Poster includes the following information:
- Expansion of HIPAA Privacy and Security Standards
- Summary of the HITECH Act
- COBRA Premium Assistance Provisions
- Premium Reduction Eligibility Requirements
- Increases and Extensions to Unemployment Benefits