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Affordable Care Act (ACA) News
Notification tool for the October 1st deadline

Deadline is October 1st for notifying employees of their healthcare options

ALL employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – regardless of number of employees and regardless of whether your business currently offers coverage (or plans to) - must provide written notice to every employee (full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary) about employees’ coverage options through the new health insurance marketplaces - or exchanges. Employers must provide notice to:

  • Existing employees by Oct. 1, 2013
  • At the time of hire for employees hired between Oct. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013
  • Within 14 days of the employee’s start date beginning in 2014

To determine if a business is covered under FLSA, access:
Dept of Labor’s Fact Sheet
Interactive FLSA Tool

For additional questions, review these Notification FAQs.

Online Portal for notification now available

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has developed an online portal to help restaurateur members comply with the notification requirement and keep track of the employees whom they’ve notified. Besides giving employers an easy way to prove they’ve kept up with the law’s requirements, the portal offers simplified reporting and recordkeeping:

  • Provides the required written notice to your employees
  • Provides access to the Department of Labor’s notice templates
  • Tracks and reports which employees received the notice
  • Creates records to verify employee notification, if proof is needed

WRA restaurant members are also members of the NRA and can register free on the portal at http://notify.restaurant.org/home.aspx. Business that wish to customize the materials with a logo/info pay $25 per month for custom service.

Exchanges to open October 1st

Government-run health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges, must be up and running by Oct. 1 in all states to let individuals and small employers enroll in private health care plans for 2014. Wisconsin has chosen to let the federal government run the exchange for 2014. Among other responsibilities, exchanges will play a central role in determining which individuals qualify for federal tax subsidies to help buy coverage through an exchange.

Additional Info

NRA’s Health Care Law Primer is available free to members and is an invaluable tool when it comes to navigating ACA mandates. It contains an overview of the law, key deadlines, employer calculation help and more. The Healthcare Law Primer will help prepare any business for the new law.

Visit NRA’s Health Care Reform Headquarters at http://restaurant.org/Healthcare.

 
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