dont want to ask another question, dont think the answer really applied. The HR director was with my company and had no contact with my husband. My husbands supervisor contacted the President & CEO @ MY place of employment. My HR director let me know in no uncertain terms it was not appreciated. I was never contacted directly for the info, yet i am the one put in a jam in this whole situation.
you are just plain rude and my experience with you tonight will likely put me off this sight for quite some time
HelloI apologize for being rude. I provided true and correct information I will opt out and another expert can verify that my information is correctGood luck
Hello there --
I am another attorney here at Just Answer and I can understand how outraged you are by how this was handled at your husband's employer. My colleague is correct regarding the fact that the employers have the right to contact each other to verify insurance coverages on spouses and dependents with the new changes to health insurance which started in 2012 and go into full swing at the beginning of 2014. Otherwise known as "Obamacare". However, this was handled extremely poorly by your husband's employer's HR department -- there is no reason why someone there could not have explained to him why the information was needed and given him an opportunity to provide it. My suggestion is that your husband should determine who at his employer made the telephone call and lodge a complaint with that person's supervisor -- or you do it. The HR employee should be reprimanded and reminded to speak with the employee before jumping the gun and making telephone calls to any line that she thinks that she wants to dial.
I truly wish I could tell you that this is an invasion of privacy issue -- but it is not. Perhaps before the health insurance laws for employers changed you may have had at least a cause to speak to a local attorney and explore this further. But in this case, one employer contacting another these days for health insurance information is the way it will be for the future -- and because this is all so new, his employer would simply say that they made an "unfortunate mistake" in calling the CEO's office, but it will not provide a basis for any legal action.
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