Saturday, January 12, 2008

Carpenters Working For "Cash" Lose Retiree Health Benefits

In an effort to crack down on members defrauding the Welfare Plan, the NYC District Council will no longer provide retiree health benefits for any member and their beneficiaries who are found to be working “off the books”.

Working “off the books”(cash) is a situation in which an employer and employee conspire such that the employer and employee fail to report to the Welfare Plan the accurate number of hours worked by an employee.

In a notice to all members dated January 7, 2008 the District Council will adopt changes to the Carpenters Welfare Plan.

Effective February 1, 2008 the requirements to be eligible for coverage under the plan as a retiree have changed. Any participant determined to have worked “off the books” shall be ineligible to receive retiree health benefits for themselves and their beneficiaries.

If you have any question regarding these changes to the Welfare Plan you should contact the Fund Office at 212-366-7300.

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