Employee Notices Due October 1, 2013 under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
While the employer mandate under the ADA has been pushed back to January 1, 2015, there is another provision of the Act which has not been delayed. Every employer will be required to provide a Notice to its employees concerning the availability of the new Marketplace. This notice is required to comply with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act which, in general, applies to all employers that employ one or more employees who are engaged in, or produce goods for, interstate commerce. For most companies, a test of not less than $500,000.00 in annual dollar volume of business applies.
If the FLSA applies to your business, you should check out the attached link to Technical Release 2013-2 issued by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Included in the Release are links to model notice forms for employers with and without current health benefit plans and a COBRA model election notice.
This information will help you decide if you need to provide a notice and it will give you access to the model notice forms. If you currently have an employee health plan in place, you should also contact your plan administrator for additional guidance.