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Compliance Q&A: Continuing or Terminating Benefits During a Leave of Absence

Summary

Without an established leave of absence policy, it’s difficult to tell an employee that benefits are being terminated in the middle of a leave – especially when the leave is due to the health condition of the employee or a loved one. It’s easy to make an emotional decision rather than a sound business decision, but good intentions can lead to significant financial exposure and increased risk of complaints of discriminatory treatment. Employers should consider not only the needs of the employee, but also the interplay of carrier contractual provisions, federal and state benefit regulations and the employer’s own policies.

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