Reform Requires Managers to Collect More Employee Data
Lane Powell Attorney Kara Backus authored an article in Portland Business Journal’s February 1 issue titled “Reform Requires Managers to Collect More Employee Data.” In the article, Backus discussed elements of the new health care reform, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as changes employers should prepare for with its implementation. The Act requires employers to provide all of their employees with notices informing them of their right to purchase health care and to implement the new employer-shared-responsibility, or “pay or play,” provisions. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also outline the guidelines for determining whether employees are considered full-time.
The proposed regulations and guidance contain many complex rules for determining which employees are full-time, particularly with respect to new and seasonal employees. Because it would be burdensome for employers to make these determinations and the associated changes to coverage on a monthly basis, the law includes a “lookback/stability period” safe harbor, through which employers use recent data for the present coverage period.