Health and Retirement Benefits

This section discusses several issues relative to employee health and retirement benefits, including health savings accounts, domestic partner benefits and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). ​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Health Savings Accounts

    Health Savings AccountsHSAs provide for employee health benefits in the face of rising health insurance costs. They were created to encourage consumer-driven health plans.  More »

    ​​Read about a 2015 agency action.​
  • Same-Sex Spouses and Domestic Partner Benefits

    Same-Sex Spouses and Domestic Partner BenefitsCalifornia plays a leading role in recognizing the rights of domestic partners. This includes specific requirements to treat registered domestic partners as equal to spouses when it comes to insurance benefits.  More »

  • Health Insurance Premium Payment Program

    Health Insurance Premium Payment ProgramCalifornia's Health Insurance Premium Payment Program requires all California employers (including those not covered by COBRA) to provide terminating employees with notice of special state programs that pay COBRA premiums under certain circumstances.  More »

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)The federal HIPAA affects many aspects of health insurance, including privacy of patient information, security of medical information and electronic exchange of medical information between physicians and health insurance plans.   More »

  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

    Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)If you want to provide benefits, you must know the fundamentals of establishing, amending or terminating an employee benefit plan.   More »

  • Wellness Programs

    Wellness ProgramsMany employers make wellness programs available to employees as part of their company's overall health care benefits package. The programs often target health issues such as smoking or obesity.   More »

    ​​Read about a 2016 agency action.