Category Archives: Affordable Care Act

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Happy Affordable Care Act New Year

Ir’s not exactly hats and horns for the 2016 Affordable Care Act (ACA) New Year, but there are a few reasons to celebrate regarding compliance matters. Filing Extensions The 2016 ACA reporting deadlines that apply to all subject employers (those with an average workforce of 50 or more full-time employees plus full-time equivalents, or “FTEs”) … Continue Reading

Welfare Benefit Plans: More than just the Affordable Care Act

Many employers sponsoring welfare benefit plans are understandably now totally focused on what they can see in front of them. Namely, the Affordable Care Act. But lurking just below the surface is ERISA and a host of other laws through which employers have to navigate. Let’s start with ERISA. Most welfare benefit plans are subject … Continue Reading

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Do Now

OK, so you sponsor an insured group health plan and employ at least 50 full-time employees including full-time equivalents, or “FTEs” (that’s ACA jargon for 30 hours of work each week performed by more than one employee so that, for example, two employees working 15 hours per week equals one “FTE”). You have made this … Continue Reading

Employee Classification as Part-Time or Full-Time: Not the Same Under the Affordable Care Act and ERISA

Some of the most difficult and contentious provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) are the employer mandate and upcoming reporting requirements effective in 2015. “Difficult” because the employer mandate requires applicable large employers, generally those with 50 or more “full-time” employees, to offer coverage to full-time employees and dependents (other than spouses). If the employer … Continue Reading

Affordable Care Act “compliance season” begins November 15, 2014

There used to be a brief three month respite between October 15, the final due date for extended Form 5500s, and the following January 1, when the annual administrative cycle began again. Not any more. The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) provides another set of compliance deadlines starting on November 15, 2014. The new deadlines involve: … Continue Reading

The Deluge of Affordable Care Act Regulations: What Employers Need to Know

There has been a deluge of regulatory activity involving the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), or the ACA. Some developments, such as the general postponement of the employer mandate until 2015 (and the recent postponement until 2016 for employers with 50-99 full time equivalent employees), have received significant press attention. Others involve details of interest primarily … Continue Reading

The New Health Care Tax Credit: Another Reason to Get Worker Classification Right

Independent contractor vs. employee is an issue that never seems to go away for many employers. It’s been a regular topic on this blog since 2007. Now there’s a new concern about employee classification on the horizon. It’s an outgrowth of the Affordable Care Act. Case in point: “small employers” who may be eligible for … Continue Reading