California  |  Employment Law

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Asked on: 2/18/13, 8:20 pm

Can my employer cancel my health insurance benefits while I'm out on disability without ample notice? My HR rep sent me a letter on 9/25/12 stating that my disability leave was approved through 5/21/13, and that they would continue my benefits through that time...as long as I paid my portion of the premium, which I had. Then, last Friday I received a letter from the HR rep stating that per policy, my benefits will expire on 2/28/13. That would be 13 days from the date I received the letter! They are offering me COBRA after that, but I can't afford that on my income through disability. I emailed the HR rep after receiving the new letter, but he stated that they only cover employee benefits for 9 months while they are on disability, as per their new handbook that was released in March, 2012. However, the letter he sent me specifically stated that my leave was approved through 5/21/13, and they would continue to pay their portion through that time. Now he's basically saying that letter means nothing and since I've I will be out for 9 months, come the 21st, they will expire at the end of this month. So, now with little notice, I need to try to get on Medi-Cal ASAP. I have many other issues with this employee, beginning when I was actively employed there, such as not allowing me to work remotely when that was one of my only options for accmmodation when I was ill. Not to mention the shady finacial decisions I was forced to assist with, the raise I never received after training someone, the unfair reviews my supervisor gave me stating 'nobody deserves a 3, unless they're perfect...and nobody is perfect', and sooooo much more. I would've let it all go, until they gave me a 13 day notice that my benefits are ending. Do you think I have a legitimate case here?

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