Employer Alert–Department of Labor information on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

The October 1, 2013 deadline for employers that are covered under Section 18B  (as added by Section 1512 of the Affordable Care Act)  of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide written notice to their employees informing them of the existence of the “Marketplace” (or Exchange), a description of the services the “Marketplace” will provide, the manner in which the employee may request assistance from the ‘Marketplace”, that the employee may be eligible for a premium tax credit, and that the employee may lose the employer contribution to any health plans offered by the employer if the employee purchases a qualified health plan through the “Marketplace” is fast approaching.  We have included links to several items that we feel may be helpful in guiding you through this requirement.  The first item is Technical Release 2013-02 which provides an overview of the requirements of Section 18B and for whom the requirement is applicable.  The other two items are model notices provided by the Department of Labor.  One model notice covers employers that offer a health plan and the second one is for employers that do not offer a health plan.  The information we have linked is available at the Department of Labor’s website.  That website address is www.dol.gov.  As always, we are available to discuss these matters with our clients so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any unanswered questions you may have. 


Department of Labor – Technical Release 2013-02

Model Notice for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees

Model Notice for employers who do not offer a health plan

FAQ on Notice of Coverage Options