IRS Releases Employer Mandate Guidance

Over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, (not the best release time for getting the public to take notice of government regulations), the IRS released a guidance on the upcoming implementation of the employer mandate. The guidance acts essentially as a “how to comply” cheat sheet for employers regarding the impending employer mandate requirements as…

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ACA Employer Mandate Penalties On Horizon

Along that same line of early warning, franchisees with 100 or more employees are reminded that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act takes effect in full this coming January and affected employers will need to make the determination whether they will offer health care coverage to their employees or choose to pay the…

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Obama Care Still Making News

Hard as it is to believe that Obama Care was passed into law over 4 years ago, its snail-paced implementation would still be comical, if it weren’t so sad.  This week’s news on the Affordable Care Act has the Internal Revenue Service finally posting draft forms for the employer mandate on their web site –…

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ACA Claims to Reach 7 Million Goal

Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act via the HealthCare.gov website through the March 31 deadline are reported to have reached the target goal of 7 million, but a Gallup report released just last week still shows that 54 percent of all Americans oppose the mandate while 43% support it.  A closer look at the results…

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Obama Care Enrollment Deadline Near

The 2014 enrollment period from the mandates of the Affordable Care Act expires in another week on March 31.  With a few weeks to go, the Obama Administration was claiming that 4.2 million Americans had signed up through the online marketplace, far fewer than the 7 million signup goal of the administration.  HHS still does…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meetings

In light of the growing issues surrounding employment law issues in various states around the footprint, it is timely that DDIFO’s next two meetings will be held in New Jersey and Illinois.  Presentations at both will involve employment issues in the two respective states.  The New Jersey meeting, at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport, will…

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Florida Voters Don’t Buy It

Notwithstanding this latest change in the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, and the effort to make it seem less onerous than it may be, voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District elected David Jolly, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act in a March 11 Special Election to fill the seat of the late Representative…

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“I’m From The Government And I’m Here To Help!”

I believe it was President Ronald Reagan who described this phrase as the scariest 9 words anyone could here, and I think he was right.  We’ve tried to keep you abreast of the long string of changes to the Affordable Care Act implemented by the President unilaterally.  He did it again with the latest change…

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Restaurant Labeling

One would think that the Affordable Care Act would deal with the costs of health care in America, but we know differently and we’re learning with each day exactly how wrong that premise is.  Deep within the 10,000 pages of the ACA is the calorie label clause, which mandates that each restaurant chain with over…

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More Changes with ACA (Affordable Care Act or “Always Changing Act”?)

It seems each week is full of news, issues – and changes – involving the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, and this week is no exception.  First as you no doubt have read, in response to the outcry of policy cancellations, the President again announced a change in the implementation schedule, now…

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