New Notice Requirements To Employees Regarding Health Insurance Exchanges And COBRA

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All employers who employ one or more employees and are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) must provide a new notice to employees no later than October 1, 2013 regarding the availability of health coverage under the Health Insurance Exchange, also referred to as the Health Insurance Marketplace. Employees hired after October 1, 2013 must be given the notice within 14 days after their start date.

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The purpose of the notice is to inform employees of coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) commencing January 1, 2014. The Department of Labor (the “DOL”) has issued two model notices, one for employers who offer employer-provided health insurance, http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithplans.pdf, and one for employers who do not, http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithoutplans.pdf. Even small employers who are not subject to the “play or pay” penalty provisions under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) or large employers who choose to “pay” rather than “play” under ACA are required to distribute this notice to employees.

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