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Labor Department Backs Employers in COBRA Litigation Frenzy

Oct. 6, 2020, 4:08 PM

The Labor Department is wading into the recent series of proposed class actions challenging employers’ notices of COBRA coverage, telling a federal judge in Florida that a common theory of liability advanced by workers is wrong.

DOL regulations don’t require employers to include contact information for their health plan administrator on their COBRA notices if they instead list contact information for the party responsible for administering COBRA benefits, the department said Monday in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Recent decisions allowing this legal theory to move forward against Wal-Mart Stores ...