This bill provides that the prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of age contained in the Fair Employment and Housing Act do not prohibit an employer from, when a retired person becomes eligible for Medicare benefits, altering, reducing, or eliminating health benefits or health care reimbursement plans (“bridge plans”) to the retiree. This legislation is not a grand change to California law, as it is intended to merely clarify that state law conforms to the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act on this issue. This bill applies to all retiree health benefit plans and contractual provisions and practices related to retiree health benefits and reimbursement plans in effect on and after January 1, 2011.

Amends Government Code Section 12940.

Approved by the Governor and Chaptered by the Secretary of State on 08/13/10. Chapter 130 of the Statutes of 2010.