No Employer Penalty for Lack of Health Exchange Notice: DOL
Original content from United Benefit Advisors
Notifying Employees of Health Insurance Exchanges is Now Optional
[Indianapolis, IN – Sept. 12, 2013] – On Sept. 11, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will not penalize employers who do not provide notice to employees about the upcoming public health insurance exchanges, a requirement that previously faced an October 1, 2013 deadline. As a practical matter, this means that providing the notice is now optional.
Although it is still advised by the DOL that employers notify employees by October 1, there is no fine to face if they do not.
“Employers who haven’t yet provided the notice may either distribute the notice or not, as they prefer,” says Linda Rowings, Chief Compliance Officer for UBA. “Employers who want to increase awareness of the exchange marketplace (perhaps because they expect some of their employees will need or want to purchase from the marketplace) may still want to provide the notice. Employers with complicated distribution situations, or that are concerned that the notices may generate questions the employer is not staffed to answer, may prefer to not distribute the notice.”
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- Should you continue to offer health care benefits?
- If you don’t, what are the penalties?
- What do you have to do to comply with the law?
- A PPACA Overview
- Pay or Play – decisions and consequences
- Compliance obligations between now and 2015
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