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You can cut health benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

If you offer health insurance to retired employees, a new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling says you can reduce or eliminate those benefits after the ex-employee becomes eligible for Medicare at age 65. The EEOC ruling says employers won't violate federal age discrimination rules if they make this decision. This common practice was called into doubt by a 2000 appeals court ruling that said such cuts were discriminatory. Note: No law requires employers to provide benefits to retirees. For details, visit www.eeoc.gov/press/4-22-04a.html.

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