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Monday, May 6, 2013

WSJ: Employers Push Back on Health Law's Insurance Trigger

This story by WSJ discusses lobbying by the National Restaurant Association and others to raise the threshold (now 30 hours per week) for the definition of full-time employees under the ACA.  A couple corrections/clarifications: It states that "Under the Affordable Care Act, employers must provide health insurance to employees working an average of 30 hours a week or more. If they don't, the employer faces fees starting at $2,000 per worker annually."  But it should also note that this requirement only kicks in for "large" employers with 50 or more full-time employees or full-time equivalents, and even those businesses are not subject to a penalty for their first 30 full-time employees.  I also have a nit-picky correction: large employers do not actually have to "provide" insurance to full-time employees, they only have to "offer" coverage to those employees to comply.

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