Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgJuly 25, 2013 / Issue No. 4-13
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On the Inside
Regulations & Enforcement
New Secretary of Labor Confirmed; Confirmation of New NLRB Members Expected Soon
AGC Webinar Addresses Changes to Form I-9 and General Immigration Compliance
New OSHA Enforcement Focuses on Temporary Workers
HR Education & Networking
Why Should You Attend AGCís 2013 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference?
Labor Law & Labor Relations
Another Circuit Court Strikes Down AGC-Opposed NLRB Posting Rule
Court Finds NLRB Denied Contractor Association Due Process in Striking Down Applicant and Employee Referral Programs
Year-to-Date Collective Bargaining Settlements Yield First-Year Increase of 2.2 Percent
Labor Supply
AGC Wants to Know Whether Youíre Facing Worker Shortages
Employee Benefits
AGC-Supported Efforts Lead to Delay of Affordable Care Actís Employer Mandate
Employers Should Avoid Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors to Gain ACA Tax Credits
Employers Impacted by U.S. Supreme Court DOMA Ruling
Corporate Culture & Communications
AGC Webinar Shares Best Practices for Engaging Hispanic Workers in Construction
Employee Benefits
AGC-Supported Efforts Lead to Delay of Affordable Care Actís Employer Mandate
 

On July 2, 2013, the Department of Treasury announced that the employer mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be delayed for one year, until January 1, 2015. The decision came after several complaints from the employer community regarding the complications, confusion and lack of understandable guidance surrounding compliance with the provision. The employer mandate requires that large employers, as defined by the ACA, either provide health coverage for its full-time employees and equivalents or pay a penalty. Implementation was to begin January 1, 2014.

AGC is a member and active participant of Employers for Flexibility in Healthcare, a coalition of organizations that represent employers affected by ACA. The primary purpose of the group is to ensure that employer-sponsored health coverage remains a competitive option for the members of each organization. Transition relief from the employer mandate is a top priority of the coalition.

The transition relief provided by the Treasury Department delays the requirement for employers to report information of the health coverage offered to workers, as well as any shared responsibility payments required of employers. The delay of the employer mandate does not affect any other components of the ACA at this time.

AGC will continue to work with legislators and regulators to make ACA implementation less costly and less complex for its members. In the meantime, covered employers are encouraged to continue efforts to comply with the requirements of the Act as if the effective date had not changed. By doing so, an employer may evaluate the effect of the law on a company using real-life examples without the fear of being penalized for mistakes.

For more information, visit AGC’s dedicated ACA-resources webpage at www.agc.org/healthcarereform.


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