Employer Notice Deadline for ObamaCare

If you’re an employer with one or more employees your first deadline under ObamaCare is October 1, 2013.

Starting January 1, 2014, individuals, families, and employees of small businesses can access health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “ObamaCare,” requires employers to provide written notice to their employees about the health insurance options available through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

Current employees must be provided with written notice no later than October 1, 2013. Employees hired after October 1, 2013, must be provided with notice at the time of hire. For 2014, notice is considered provided at the time of hire if it is provided to the employee within 14 days of the hire date.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided model notices to help employers comply.  The DOL specifically indicates on its website that there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice. The web address to obtain the model notices is: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-noticeofcoverageoptions.html.

By: Evan A. Nielsen (Licensed in California)