Employer Notice on Obama Care Required October 1

As we’ve reported to you in the past, the Affordable Care Act initially required covered employers to provide notice of the health insurance requirement and the availability of state health care exchanges to all their employees by Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Although that requirement is still technically in place, as we told you in last…

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State Exchanges Begin Enrollments

Come October 1, the various state health exchanges established as the marketplace for available plans will begin accepting enrollments.  Costs associated with the various exchanges will differ depending on the state, age of the enrollee and the level of coverage chosen among other factors.  The Department of Health & Human Services has released an issue…

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Glitches Continue, But You Should Stay Informed

With the provisions of Obama Care changing so regularly, you are well advised to sign up on one of the many websites that provide up to date information on Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.  DDIFO will certainly continue to fill that void as best we can, but there are a couple of sites that you…

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More ObamaCare Changes

In the ongoing, but welcome, saga of delaying the many ObamaCare mandates on employers, we have yet another to advise you of with the September 11 decision of the Department of Labor that the federal agency will not penalize employers that do not meet the October 1 mandate that requires employers to advise employees of…

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Independent Joe Magazine – August 2013

The 2013 National Conference and Hall of Fame Awards Gala is shaping up as DDIFO’s best ever as the independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners meets to explore business issues and examine relevant regulatory and legal trends. Franchisees will be buzzing about higher payroll taxes, soda bans, and paid sick leave.

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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National Conference in Atlantic City: Why it Matters

It’s been called “The World’s Playground,” “Queen of the Resorts,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Monopoly City.” Atlantic City, the iconic seaside resort and undisputed gaming capital of the east coast, is world famous for its magnificent boardwalk, glitzy casinos and storied entertainers that headline this national showplace. But “AC” is indeed “Always Turned On” in other…

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Employer Mandate Delayed, But Health Exchanges Start October 1

Although sighs of relief were heard when the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, members should remember that the mandated state (or federally) run Health Exchanges are still required to be available come October 1, 2013.  The state of Maine just this week released a comparison of small…

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Shifting Costs

In still more news relating Obama Care, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported on a survey by a business group in Wisconsin that revealed 53% of employers are shifting more costs onto employees while 36% are advocating wellness and value-based health programs. Read more

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The 40 Hour Work Week

Wouldn’t have thought the notion of a 40-hour work week would be particularly newsworthy, but this past week, the issue was front and center in the weekly Republican Radio Address as US Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) said that because of Obamacare and the implications of the 30-hour work week threshold, many workers would…

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