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Furloughed workers at Neiman Marcus face bills for deferred health care premiums

One immediate reality for millions of workers called back from furloughs hasn’t gained much attention.



a person standing in front of a door: The Neiman Marcus downtown Dallas store photographed in early September.


© Tom Fox/Staff Photographer/The Dallas Morning News/TNS
The Neiman Marcus downtown Dallas store photographed in early September.

When the boss calls and says we want you back, many employees are facing a bill for deferred health care premiums that were paid by their employers while they weren’t getting a paycheck.

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Neiman Marcus employees are among those who have been asked to pay their portion of health insurance premiums while they were on furlough. According to a letter sent to employees, Neiman Marcus employees have to reimburse the company for those deferred premiums “upon 60 days of return” to work.

Most companies don’t pay 100% of premiums and instead split premium costs with their workers. Workers furloughed in March and April and called back in August or September could be billed for a couple

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