Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Full Resource Name:

United States Department of Labor Benefits Security Administration Boston Regional Office

15 New Sudbury Street, Room 575
JFK Federal Building, Room 575
Boston, MA 02203

(617) 565-9600



The Employee Benefits Security Administration is responsible for administering and enforcing the fiduciary, reporting and disclosure provisions of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The goal which is to protect the interests of participants and their beneficiaries in employee benefit plans. Among other things, ERISA requires that sponsors of private employee benefit plans provide participants and beneficiaries with adequate information regarding their plans. Also, those individuals who manage plans (and other fiduciaries) must meet certain standards of conduct, derived from the common law of trusts and made applicable (with certain modifications) to all fiduciaries. The law also contains detailed provisions for reporting to the government and disclosure to participants. Furthermore, there are civil enforcement provisions aimed at assuring that plan funds are protected and that participants who qualify receive their benefits.

COBRA Continuation Coverage Assistance Under The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA premiums and the remaining 65 percent is reimbursed to the coverage provider through a tax credit. The premium reduction applies to periods of health coverage beginning on or after February 17, 2009 and lasts for up to nine months for those eligible for COBRA during the period beginning September 1, 2008 and ending December 31, 2009 due to an involuntary termination of employment that occurred during that period. The TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009, enacted as part of ARRA, also made changes with regard to COBRA continuation coverage.

Primary Services:

  • Federal Government Agencies/Departments  [Show Definition Details]

  • Labor Standards and Practices  [Show Definition Details]

General Information


National DOL Call Center: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00PM
EBSA: Mon-Fri 8:30AM-4:30PM

Intake Process:

Call or go online

Program Fees:

No Fees



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