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What Employers Need to Do
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which was approved by Congress and signed into law March 23, 2010, employers, including restaurants, are required to keep records proving they notified employees about how to obtain coverage in 2014.
Employers must begin notifying employees about the existence of state health care "exchanges" that will become the marketplace for many individuals and small businesses to buy insurance. The same notice must tell employees they may qualify for tax credits or other government help if they can't afford an employer's plan.
Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act,must issue written notices to employees that tell them about the exchange, how to access it and more. Employers must provide written notification beginning in late summer or early fall in 2013.
For small employers, the changes include access to new tax credits now and the ability to provide health care coverage through exchanges set up by states (or the federal government, for states that choose not to set up exchanges) beginning in 2014.
For large employers -- those with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees -- face a more daunting challenge in meeting a mandate to offer coverage to all full-time employees (and their dependents) or face penalties beginning in 2014.
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