New Labor Department rules say employers can use electronic means to giveinformation, like summary plan descriptions, individual benefit statements and COBRA notices. The rules even allow more options, including sending materials to home computers in some cases.
The standards, which become effective Oct. 9, 2002, require plan sponsors to provide paper versions to workers who don't have computer access, frowning upon methods such as stand-alone kiosks in common areas. (Federal Register, April 9, page 17263)
Access the rules at www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a020409c.html. Scroll down to Pension and Welfare.