The DOL is offering a couple of webcasts to discuss employers’ and third parties’ obligations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA provides for COBRA premium reductions and additional election opportunities for continuation coverage. The webcasts are an effort to assist employers in complying with the new requirements.

The presentation available from the DOL’s site is about 2 hours long. I have not yet listened to the webcast, so I cannot recommend whether or not it is informative, but the price is right – free. Below are the PowerPoint slides used during the presentation:

COBRA Provisions Under Arra

Anyone interested in listening to the webcast presented on March 24, 2009 can click here. The registration is fairly simple, but you will need RealPlayer on your computer (click here to download a free version).

Here are some other related links employers may find helpful:

Fact Sheet on Premium Reduction Under ARRA

Model Notices

Department of Labor (DOL) FAQs on Premium Reduction Under ARRA

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) FAQs on Premium Reduction Under ARRA,,id=204708,00.html

Form 941

Form 941 Instructions

DOL COBRA Web page

IRS COBRA Web page,,id=204505,00.html