Employers Must Act Now on Healthcare Law


By David Cole
This is a critical time for employers to be aware of their obligations under the healthcare law and begin taking steps needed for compliance. As just a brief reminder, some of the law’s key provisions for employers are:

  • Mandatory reporting of health benefit information on employee W2s;
  • Notice of exchanges due to employees by March 1, 2013;
  • Automatic enrollment of employees in employer-sponsored health plans; and
  • Required health benefits to employees by January 1, 2014, for employers with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees.

Although some of these requirements do not go into effect until 2014, each employer’s coverage by the statute will be determined based on its number of employees during the 2013 calendar year. In addition, employers should not wait until the last minute to determine their coverage by the statute and what they need to do to comply. Employers face stiff penalties for non-compliance, and we expect the Obama administration and the IRS to enforce the law strictly as it goes into effect.
Please contact David Cole at 770.818.1287 or if you have any questions about your organization and the healthcare law. You also can hear Mr. Cole discuss the healthcare law live on the show Prime Time Lawmakers at 7:00 p.m. tonight, January 16th, on Georgia Public Broadcasting.