Employer Penalty in ACA—New Safe Harbor Rules

From the KT Health and Welfare Team:

Just in time for Labor Day, the agencies this afternoon issued two pieces of guidance related to the definition of a full-time employee and the employer penalty provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The first piece of guidance, Notice 2012-58, sets forth safe harbor requirements for determining who is a full-time employee under the employer penalty provisions.  (Remember, the employer penalty only applies to full-time employees.)  The safe harbor will be effective for calendar year 2014 only.    The notice can be accessed here:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-12-58.pdf

The second piece of guidance, DOL Technical Release 2012-02, provides guidance on the 90-day waiting period limitation and on how the full-time employee definition interacts with the 90-day waiting period.  The notice can be accessed here:  http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/tr12-02.html

We will be following up with a more detailed analysis in the coming weeks.
Mark L. Stember
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