HR Confidentiality

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    Ms. Sandolla
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    I enquired with my HR department to find out if I’m eligible yet for company health benefits. Two days later my hours were cut by the company VP. Are HR conversations confidential?
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    Colleen bail
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    Based on what I know from my personal experience, HR conversations, when it comes to health-related issues, are completely confidential. Under HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), information regarding an employee’s health is confidential. However, an HR department can discuss matters with an employer when the HR issue is related to sexual harassment, discrimination, or other general complaints. When it comes to discussing healthcare benefit plans, there’s usually conversation between the employer and the HR department to ensure that information is relayed to the employee accurately. Therefore, the conversation between your employer and HR department is most likely not confidential and doesn’t need to be confidential because they weren’t discussing your personal medical information.
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    Ms. Sandolla
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    Thanks for your reply.

    When I was hired six years ago, I worked 24 hours/week. After a year and-a-half, my hours were increased to 32/week. I then was considered full-time and became eligible for benefits, including paid holidays, paid vacation, and health insurance. I declined the health insurance since I had coverage with my spouse and his policy at the time.

    A few weeks ago near the end of the year, all employees were given a letter of thanks for our efforts during this past year of unusual circumstances and for our contributions to a successful and profitable year, and that our company is thriving and its future is bright. I was given a decent raise and an annual bonus.

    A week or so later, I enquired if I was (still) eligible for health insurance and what would I need to do. Before the HR rep got back to me with details, two days later, the VP cut my hours, back to 24/week.

    If the company is doing well and there is a backlog of work to generate income and profit, why would my hours be cut, other than to make me ineligible for company benefits, and save the company additional costs associated with insuring me?

    I’m disappointed the HR didnt reply to me, ever, and instead my income has been cut 25%. Oh, and no more paid holidays or vacation, either.

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    Colleen bail
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    Ms. Sandolla: Thanks for your reply.

     

    When I was hired six years ago, I worked 24 hours/week. After a year and-a-half, my hours were increased to 32/week. I then was considered full-time and became eligible for benefits, including paid holidays, paid vacation, and health insurance. I declined the health insurance since I had coverage with my spouse and his policy at the time.

    A few weeks ago near the end of the year, all employees were given a letter of thanks for our efforts during this past year of unusual circumstances and for our contributions to a successful and profitable year, and that our company is thriving and its future is bright. I was given a decent raise and an annual bonus.

    A week or so later, I enquired if I was (still) eligible for health insurance and what would I need to do. Before the HR rep got back to me with details, two days later, the VP cut my hours, back to 24/week.

    If the company is doing well and there is a backlog of work to generate income and profit, why would my hours be cut, other than to make me ineligible for company benefits, and save the company additional costs associated with insuring me?

    I’m disappointed the HR didnt reply to me, ever, and instead my income has been cut 25%. Oh, and no more paid holidays or vacation, either.

     

    Have you requested a meeting with the VP to find out why your hours were cut? That does seem suspicious that they would cut your hours after you ask about being insured. I would request a meeting to see why they did it and if they can give me a valid explanation.

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    Cynthia Witherspoon
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