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I own a small business (12 employees) in California. Four

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I own a small business (12 employees) in California. Four months ago one of my full-time receptionists had a sudden onset of health problems that has prevented her from working since. She is on state disability, and has no idea when she will be able to return to work. The remaining staff (4) that share her position are strained to cover her shifts on an infinite basis. She continues to receive medical and dental coverage through our business plan. Can I drop her from the plan since she hasn't worked in 4 months? Can I make her pay her own premiums to remain on the health plan? Can I move to find a replacement?
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Yes, you can do all of the above.

Since you only have 12 employees and since your employee is only on state disability and not any form of protected leave, you are under no obligation to keep health insurance for her and can drop her from the plan or require that she pay her own premiums if she wishes to remain on the health plan.

You can also move to find a replacement, since you are under no legal obligation to keep your employee's position open while she is on state disability, or to return her to work when she is able to return to work.

Such requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees who are covered by the Family Medical Leave Act.

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