Can an employer back-date a termination date? Including back-dating termination of health care coverage?
Specific details: I have been on paid administrative leave pending legal proceedings. I received a letter via email on November 5th (also dated November 5) stating that I am being placed on unpaid administrative leave (termination of employment?) effective October 30th and that my health care coverage is being terminated as of October 31st. Included in the email is COBRA information, but it seems unreasonable for me to be able to shop for health insurance that will be effective a week ago. Thus, by back-dating the termination of health insurance, I am forced to pay at least a month of COBRA or have a lapse of coverage.
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