Due to the new health care laws, rates have increased. The company's group plan rate increased by $9000.The manager took that group plan increase and only charged those that are paying out of pocket for the family plan, but did not charge those that are single coverage. The company pays for the employees share of health coverage. If you opt to have family coverage it was $125/mo regardless of how many people you include on the plan.
Well they told us on Jan 10th that the new rate would take effect in our Jan 15th check and will increase to $175 for those with the family plan. Those with employee only will still be covered by the company at no additional cost to them.
Is this even legal to only charge certain employees for the increase instead of charge everyone a portion of the increase?Those of us that have the family plan and are paying out of pocket expenses, and especially those that are the sole provider for their homes, are very upset by this. It just doesn't seem fair that they would only charge people with a family plan an additional $50/month (which in a single parent household, that can make or break your budget). Shouldn't they have charged everyone in the company, including the "employee only" classified people? Even if they had to pay $10-20 for their health coverage it would be better than taking a full $175 from people supporting their families. Is it lawful for them to inform us a few days before they deduct it from our checks? Is it lawful to only charge certain people for the rate increase, even though that increase was for the ENTIRE COMPANY group plan? Is that some sort of singling out or discrimination since most of the higher ups are in that single coverage category?