With respect to military and reservists benefits, employers must navigate an array of requirements covering reemployment rights, health benefit coordination and family leaves. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, coordination of employer-sponsored coverage and health savings accounts (HSAs) with TRICARE, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 and 2010 National Defense Authorization Act NDAA are a few of the requirements of which employers must comply.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), enacted in 1967, makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against older workers (age 40 and above) in hiring, promotion and benefits decisions. Until a controversial federal appellate court ruling in August 2000, ADEA had never been applied to retirees and their benefits. That ruling found that the practice of reducing employer-sponsored retiree health benefits upon Medicare eligibility constitutes age discrimination. In December 2007, the EEOC issued a final rule that legally permits employers to coordinate employer-sponsored retiree health benefits with Medicare.