So, I’m roommates with a young married couple who I’ll call Relena and Heero because I couldn’t think of anything else. Relena works at a small company doing copy editing. Heero works at a large company doing IT work that includes development, etc. (We all live in the U.S.)
It’s the dreaded time of year where Heero gets to pick next year’s insurance policy and hope they didn’t up the cost too much or cut out too many benefits they’re using. Nothing new about that.
What is new is that this year they required Relena, who is on Heero’s insurance, to get a signed piece of paper from her employer saying that her employer doesn’t offer her health insurance. If she couldn’t produce such a paper, they’d kick Relena off Heero’s insurance. Every married couple I’ve ever met where both partners work has one employer who has extremely shitty and extremely expensive health insurance and another one which is slightly more tolerable.
If Relena’s employer did give her insurance, that insurance would take up most of every pay check. Making it pointless for her to work in the first place. Which is going to be the case for a lot of people potentially in that situation.
Not only is this just generally shitty behavior, it’s going to have a terrible effect on the economy if it becomes a trend.
The company in question isn’t particularly innovative when it comes to being jerks to their employees so I’m curious … have any of you gotten a similar surprise this year with your benefits sign up?