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Is Your Company a ‘Large Employer’ Under the Affordable Care Act? Counting Employees and Assessing the Options

When the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicks in, covered employers will be required to provide health benefits for employees and their dependents or they must pay a penalty. The effective date of the requirement...more

The Devil is in the Details: Advising Your Clients on the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a fundamental shift in healthcare delivery and insurance. The law is complex and many of its provisions are delayed due to implementation difficulties. However, virtually all...more

Health Care Reform: Who is a Full-Time Employee?

Determining who is a full-time employee is an essential task under health care reform’s employer mandate, which generally imposes significant penalties on large employers who fail to offer their full-time employees affordable...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of...

Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February 12 implementing the Act’s employer shared responsibility...more

Who Is a Full-Time Employee Under the Affordable Care Act?

Beginning January 1, 2015, the large employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all full-time employees be offered minimum essential, affordable coverage. Penalties will be assessed for each month that a...more

Affordable Care Act Update: Volunteer Firefighters And Other Emergency Responders Are Not Full-Time Employees Or FTE’s Under ACA

On January 10, 2014 the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders (“volunteer emergency personnel”) at governmental or tax-exempt organizations “generally” need not be...more

Preparing for the Affordable Care Act - A Brief Guide for the Small Business

The steps a small business should take to prepare for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) vary greatly depending on the size of the business and how many employees it has. Small businesses with fewer than...more

A Vignette of Lingering Affordable Care Act Considerations

Despite the highly publicized announcement that enforcement of the “Pay-or-Play” mandate (which requires businesses to provide health insurance to all full-time employees or face yearly penalties of up to $3,000 per employee)...more

Stand and Be Counted: Determining Full-Time Employees Who Must Be Offered Affordable Health Benefit Coverage Under The Employer...

The article "Start Counting," published in the June 3, 2013, edition of the Benefits Broadcast discussed how employers must "count" themselves into compliance with the ACA, and how the number of employees affects whether an...more

Obama Administration Delays Enforcement of the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Rule to 2015

In a move that took many by surprise, the Obama Administration on July 3 announced a one-year delay (to January 1, 2015 from January 1, 2014) in the enforcement of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and...more

Obama Admin Delays Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) Implementation

On July 2, 2013 the Obama Administration announced that it would delay until 2015 the implementation of the PPACA requirement that employers with at least 50 employees (The law elaborates on this definition but that’s enough...more

Healthcare Reform And Seasonal Guest Workers

Many employers are eagerly watching the U.S. Congress as it debates comprehensive immigration reform legislation. However, employers of foreign workers need to be aware of another comprehensive reform already enacted—the...more

The Employer’s Playbook for ACA Compliance: Ten Practical Strategies for 2014

The Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Health Care Reform, or the ACA) is complicated. While there is nothing in the ACA that requires any employer to provide group health care coverage to its employees, the failure to do so can come...more

IRS Issues Proposed Rules For Employer “Shared Responsibility”

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the horizon, employers are focused on the costs associated with benefits plans and medical coverage....more

Health Care Reform Update: Determining Full-Time Employees - ACTION MAY BE REQUIRED BY JULY 1, 2013

To avoid potential federal penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), applicable large employers (50+ full-time employees) must offer health coverage to all full-time employees as of January 1,...more

Who is a Large Employer Under Obamacare?

Among other things, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), commonly referred to as Obamacare, requires “large employers” to provide qualified health coverage for all of their full-time employees, or pay...more

Employer Responsibility – Will You Pay or Play?

Starting in 2014, provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act become effective known as “Pay or Play” or “Employer Shared Responsibility.” Large employers will be faced with the decision whether to offer...more

Staffing Industry Compliance with the Employer Shared Responsibility (aka “Pay-or-Play”) Provisions of the Affordable Care Act:...

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers, and individuals all share responsibility to make affordable health insurance coverage widely...more

Benefits Update, No. 2, May 2013: Healthcare Reform: To Play Or Pay – That Is The Question

Probably the most important mandate for employers is the “play or pay” mandate, also known as the employer-shared responsibility, which will require large employers (those with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play-Or-Pay” Mandate: Who Is A Full-Time Employee For Purposes Of The Employer Shared Responsibility...

Recently, we published a Client Update explaining how the Play-or-Pay mandate, or Employer Shared Responsibility provision, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) generally works. To summarize, we described how an employer...more

Religious Institutions Update: April 2013

Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is in full swing. The law requires non-exempt religious organizations with fewer than 50 full-time employees to determine whether they are a large...more

The Affordable Care Act’s “Play Or Pay” Mandate: How It Works

The Affordable Care Act added the so-called “Play or Pay” mandate or “Employer Shared Responsibility” provisions to the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Starting in 2014, certain employers may be subject to a penalty tax,...more

Health Care Reform “Pay Or Play” Guidance Issued

In early January, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations on “Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage.” These regulations incorporate the provisions of many previous Notices with...more

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations on the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Mandate

On January 2, 2013, the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (collectively “IRS") published proposed regulations ("Proposed Regulations") on the Affordable Care Act's employer shared responsibility provisions,...more

Health Care Reform: "Employer Mandate" Guidance Issued

The U.S. Treasury Department recently released new guidance to assist employers (generally those with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees) in preparing and planning for the 2014 requirement to offer...more

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