Affordable Care Act Employer Letter Requirement
September 17, 2013
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- Employers must give employees health care notification.
- Affects employers with one or more employees and a gross income of $500,000 or more.
- Notices due October 1, 2013.
- New Employees must be notified within 14 days.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has a general $100-per-day penalty for non-compliance. Since this requirement is in the FLSA, concerns were raised in the business community that the $100-per-day penalty would apply to businesses that did not comply with the notification requirements.
On September 12, 2013, the Small Business Administration (sba.gov) posted a blog called “Myth #3: Business Owners Will Be Fined if They Don’t Notify Their Employees about the New Health Insurance Marketplace.” The article clarifies the policy, stating: “If your company is covered by the FLSA, you must provide a written notice to your employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013. However, there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice.”
The Department of Labor provides model notices for employers:
- Employers with plans: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithplans.pdf
- Employers without plans: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithoutplans.pdf