Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Ready . . . Set . . . Wait. Are you Ready?

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. By now, most of you should have heard of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as the Affordable Care Act or the “ACA.” Much confusion surrounds this law and it’s no wonder … Continue reading

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Effective Wellness Programs are a Win-Win!

by Laura Pokrzywa Wellness programs are a proven method for employers to promote the health and well-being of their employees. When done right, these programs can increase employee productivity and morale while reducing health care costs for both employer and … Continue reading

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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Update Your Employee Handbook, Beginning with Your Email Policies

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. Since its January, it’s still safe to say it’s the “New Year.” If you haven’t made any new year’s resolutions yet concerning your company, I’m going to help you with that right now.  For many reasons … Continue reading

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Are You Using the Correct COBRA Notices?

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, it had a ripple effect on many other employment laws, one being the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). In keeping with the new law, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced changes … Continue reading

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Mid-sized Businesses Get Another Reprieve from Obamacare

Once again, the Obama administration has announced a delay to the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This time, mid-size businesses (those with 50 – 99 employees) will be getting a reprieve. The new health insurance requirements … Continue reading

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Costs of Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors Continue to Rise as the IRS Cracks Down

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. An area of growing concern for employers is the misclassification of an employee as an independent contractor.  According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates, millions of workers are currently misclassified as independent contractors.  Misclassification allows employers … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about an UPCOMING ACA DEADLINE . . .

You asked:  “I have been hearing about an Affordable Care Act letter that small business owners have to provide to our staff before October 1, 2013. Where can I find more information about this?” Laura answers: Dear Small Business Owner, … Continue reading

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What’s Up this Wednesday?! BIG NEWS about the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT . . .

Late yesterday, the US Treasury announced that the Employer Mandate provision of the Affordable Care act has been delayed for another year. As you know if you’ve been following our blog, this mandate, also called the “Pay or Play” provision, … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about DETERMINING WHO IS FULL-TIME for the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT . . .

You asked:  “Since the “Pay or Play” component of the ACA begins next January, when do we measure whether an employee should be considered full or part-time? How long is the look back period?” Alex answers: If you have determined … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about ENTREPRENEURS and the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT . . .

You asked:  “What percentage of ownership classifies an entrepreneur as owning multiple businesses for purposes of “pay or play”? Also…What are the guidelines on ownership as per IRS guidelines? What if we have six shareholders, are we still covered under … Continue reading

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