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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Republicans who control the state Assembly said Tuesday that they plan over the next two years to cut taxes, improve worker training, expand taxpayer support for those attending private schools and help protect people from identity theft.
"We want to help people find jobs faster," Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said at a Capitol news conference.
Republicans control the Assembly 60-38 and are expected to hold a large majority after the Nov. 4 election. Their ability to achieve their goals will depend in part on which party controls the Senate and who wins the race for governor. GOP Gov. Scott Walker is in a tight race against Democrat Mary Burke.
Assembly Republicans are aiming to cut income and property taxes, streamline business regulations and start to shore up the transportation fund, said Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chairman of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee.
The GOP lawmakers said they would also extend for another two years a freeze on tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools and screen people on public benefits for drugs — two ideas promoted by Walker. Those who test positive for drugs would be given treatment, Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) said.
They also backed a plan to give those on public benefits a single card with their photo on it that could be used to access all services.
They would also provide them with a statement annually telling them how much they had claimed in benefits.
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