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Supreme Court declines to hear retiree benefits case

This is an update to my prior post on January 2, 2008 regarding retiree healthcare benefits.

A legal battle dating back to 2000 regarding retiree benefits came to a close recently.  In 2000, the Third Circuit ruled that treating Medicare-eligible retirees differently than younger retirees violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  This prompted the EEOC to issue an exemption to the ADEA allowing employers to reduce or eliminate retiree healthcare benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees, while providing higher levels of benefits for those retirees who are not Medicare-eligible.  The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) challenged the EEOC’s authority to issue …

New EEOC Rule Makes an Exemption to Erie Decision and Allows Coordination of Healthcare Benefits for Retirees with Medicare

On December 26, the EEOC announced a new rule that makes it easier for employers to help retirees maintain adequate healthcare benefits.  In particular, employers that provide retiree healthcare benefits may coordinate those benefits with Medicare benefits without engaging in age discrimination based on the difference in ages between younger non-Medicare-eligible retirees and older Medicare-eligible retirees.

In today’s employment landscape, fewer employers provide retiree benefits.  This forces many retired employees to rely solely on Medicare benefits to cover increasing healthcare costs—at best, a difficult situation.  As a result, many employers are searching for viable ways to continue to provide healthcare …

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