October 1, 2013 ACA Notice Requirements for Employers
Confusion reigns regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") and obligations to provide notices to employees of information regarding the new Health Insurance Market Place ("Exchanges") by no later than October 1, 2013.
WIB has received numerous calls and inquiries concerning the October 1, deadline over the past several days. Understandably, some of the requirements of the PPACA get lost in the myriad of news reports and debates about extending time limits and attacks on program funding.
WIB is therefore publishing an article by Andy DeClercq with links to model notices. Andy is an attorney with Boardman & Clark, LLP - the law firm retained by WIB to assist WIB members.
In the meantime, a couple of key issues include:
Number of Employees: The October 1, 2013 Notice Deadline is not limited to employers with more than 50 employees. The Notice requirement applies to all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The FLSA covers all employers with at least one employee and at least $500,000 annual business revenue.
Employer Coverage: The October 1, 2013 Notice Deadline is applicable whether or not the employer offers any health insurance to its employees. The model notices used will be different for employers offering health plans from those who do not.
Full vs. Part-Time Employees: The Notice requirements are applicable to both full and part-time employees.
New Hires: Employees hired after October 1, 2013, must be provided applicable notices at the time of hire or within 14 days thereafter.
COBRA Notices: Required COBRA notices for employees have been modified to reflect information on the exchanges.
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Business Leaders, Workforce Development Secretary Talk Worker's Compensation
Changing the makeup of the state’s Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council dominated conversation at a meeting of local business leaders and Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson held Wednesday at PreventionGenetics.
Marty Draxler, owner of Draxler Transport, expressed concern that members of the Advisory Council with no or few employees don’t adequately represent the management sector of Wisconsin businesses. “I don’t want a lobbyist representing me,” he said.
The Advisory Council includes five voting members representing the management sector, five voting members representing the labor force and several nonvoting physicians, insurance industry representatives and legislators. The council was created to develop and recommend workers’ compensation legislation.
“I would like to see people that are in human resources from larger companies in the state of Wisconsin,” Draxler said.
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