Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgJuly 17, 2012 / Issue No. 4-12
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Wages and Benefits
Supreme Court Rules on Healthcare Law
Distributing Affordable Care Act Insurance Rebates to Employees
Labor Department Updates Health Benefits E-Laws Advisor
Year-to-Date Collective Bargaining Yields Average 1st-Year Wage and Benefits Increase of 2.3%
Professional Development
Donít Miss July 19 Webinar on Subcontractor Training & Flowdown Requirements
Earn HRCI Credits at AGCís Co-Located HR and Training Conferences
Federal Contracting
AGC Urges Labor Department to Reconsider OFCCP-Proposed Rules
Immigration
AGC Recommends Changes to Form I-9
Wages and Benefits
Supreme Court Rules on Healthcare Law
 

On June 29, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s healthcare reform law that went into effect in 2010.  As a result, the law will remain in effect unless future legislation revokes any of the law’s provisions.  Among other things the law requires employers with 50 or more workers to offer a qualified health insurance plan to employees by 2014 or possibly face a penalty.  AGC did not support the law because of its inability to decrease the overall costs of healthcare.

Last year, AGC was successful in getting repealed from the Act a mandate that would have required all businesses to issue 1099 tax forms not only to independent contractors, but to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year.  Some other requirements that remain in effect include:

  • Changes to W-2 Forms: Effective in 2011, employers are required to include the cost of employer-sponsored health coverage on employees’ Forms W-2.
  • Notice to Employees: Effective March 1, 2013, or upon subsequent hire, employers must provide written notice to employees about insurance that is available for purchase through state-regulated exchanges, the employee’s eligibility status for tax credit or cost-sharing reduction, as well as possible loss of employer-provided benefits.
  • Summary of Benefits and Coverage: For plan years beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2012, employers must make available to employees an easy-to-understand summary of benefits and coverage along with a uniform glossary of coverage terms.
  • Automatic Enrollment: Effective in 2014, employers with more than 200 employees must automatically enroll full-time employees in a health plan, provide employees with adequate notice of enrollment and an opportunity to opt-out.

For additional information on the Act, the following resources are available:

Affordable Care Act Questions Answered – AGC Article, March 22, 2012

The Healthcare Reform Bill is Final… Now What? – AGC Article, March 30, 2010

Is Your Company’s Health Plan “Qualified”? – AGC Article, Aug. 31, 2009

What Does a Health Insurance Mandate Mean for Construction Industry Employers? – AGC Article, Aug. 21, 2009

www.Healthcare.gov – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

www.IRS.gov – U.S. Internal Revenue Service Affordable Care Act webpage

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform – U.S.  Department of Labor Affordable Care Act webpage

For additional questions, please contact Tamika C. Carter at cartert@agc.org.


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