Affordable Care Act: Employer Mandate Delayed, but Other 2013 Requirements Remain

Employers still have new ACA obligations in 2013

The US Treasury Department announced a change to the Affordable Care Act timeline that all US employers should understand. The deadline for compliance with the employer mandate has been postponed for one year. The ACA provision for large employers (50 or more employees as defined by the ACA) to offer qualifying health coverage to employees, or pay a penalty, has been delayed for one year from January 1, 2014, until January 1, 2015.

In addition, the requirement for employers to report information to the IRS about the health coverage they offer was delayed until the 2015 tax year. Now, reporting health coverage information will be voluntary when businesses file their 2014 tax return.

Many provisions of the ACA will continue to be implemented this year including:

How to notify your employees about the Health Insurance Exchange Options under the Affordable Care Act

Talk to Your PEO

The politics of the ACA are heated in the US Congress and the rules and the impacts of the ACA are being questioned daily. If you are a client of a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) you should have regular discussions regarding the impact of the ACA on your business and your employees.

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