Employers and employee organizations are often looking for new, creative ways to expand, streamline, or restructure employees’ health benefits.  Starting in January 2020, employers may offer two different health reimbursement arrangements (“HRA’s”) to their current employees.  Typically, employers offer HRAs for retirees through collective bargaining agreements but do not offer them for current employees because

Retirement_Graphic.jpg“A practice or policy extended over a period of time does not translate into an implied contract right [to a continued retiree medical benefit] without clear legislative intent to create that right – an intent that REAOC has not demonstrated here.”  That was the holding of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the