Benefits Required by Law

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), as amended, requires that employers offer employees and their families the opportunity for a temporary extension of health and dental coverage at group rates in certain instances where coverage under the group plan would otherwise end.

See also An Employee's Guide to Health Benefits Under COBRA.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

The Workers’ Compensation law requires most employers to provide benefits to eligible employees who have injuries arising out of and in the course of employment. [85.61(7)]

The Workers’ Compensation Act is a part of the Iowa Code designed to provide certain benefits to employees who receive injury (85), occupational disease (85A) or occupational hearing loss (85B) arising out of and during the course of their employment. Benefits are payable regardless of fault and are the exclusive remedy of the employee against the employer.

If you suffer a work-related injury or illness you must report it to your supervisor and complete the Grinnell College Workers’ Compensation First Report of Injury or Illness form.

Once completed, have your supervisor add their comments and sign. For fast reporting, it is suggested you fax the form to Human Resources at 641-269-4885, and then drop the hard copy in campus mail to Human Resources.

For Workers' Compensation questions, please contact Human Resources, 641-269-4818.

Unemployment Compensation Insurance

The state of Iowa's unemployment compensation law requires that all employees are provided with unemployment compensation insurance coverage.

Visit Iowa Workforce Unemployment Insurance for more information.

Social Security

All employees are covered under the provisions of the federal social security law (FICA - Federal Insurance Contributions Act). FICA consists of two separate taxes that are withheld from your wages: Social Security, which pays for cash benefits to entitled beneficiaries, and Medicare, which pays for hospital benefits for people covered by Medicare when they become entitled.

Visit the Social Security Administration site for additional information.

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