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Entries in Employer Mandate (4)


Notify Your Employees of Insurance Markets by Oct. 1

Insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act open on Oct. 1, and all employers—large and small—are required to notify employees about the marketplaces. Learn more here…


What Small Businesses Need to do for Health Care Reform

From Bloomberg BusinessWeek: “The health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act will open on Oct. 1. Most small employers—those with 50 or fewer full-time employees—are not required to offer health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act…But all companies, regardless of size, are required to notify their employees about the Obamacare marketplaces.”

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IHRSA has prepared an e-book on the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which can be accessed via The e-book is part of IHRSA’s ongoing efforts to keep members informed as health care reform rolls out. Be sure to check back for more updates. You can also email IHRSA


Obama Administration Postpones Employer Mandate For One Year

The employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act will now take effect in 2015, a year later than originally planned, said the US Treasury Department—which is responsible for enforcing the mandate—in a blog post.

The additional year will be used to clarify and streamline reporting requirements (what employers need to do to show they are complying with the rules).

Take advantage of this extra time to make sure your club or company is in compliance. Download IHRSA’s free e-book, “The Employer Mandate and How It Affects Your Club.” (member login required)


Revised Definition of Full-Time Employees May Reduce Burden on Employers

An amendment that may lead to redefining “full-time employee,” for the purposes of the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate to offer coverage to full-time employees, was included in the budget bill passed last weekend by the US Senate. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) drafted the amendment. 

The current definition of a full-time employee (FTE) is 30 hours per week. If the definition is revised, the number of hours will most likely be increased and therefore may reduce the burden on employers complying with the employer mandate.

The budget bill now needs approval from the House of Representatives, which will not come easily, given the current partisan gridlock in Congress. However, IHRSA wanted to place the news on your radar and will keep members informed of any updates.