Tag Archives: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

With a Year to Go, Is Obamacare Taking Shape to Favor Expansive — and Expensive — Coverage?

As the business community continues waiting for practical guidance on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS has recently proposed regulations illustrating how it believes companies should qualify as “large employers” falling within the ACA’s mandates and what type of coverage it feels those employers must provide to avoid penalties. Not surprisingly, … Continue reading this entry

Regulatory Agencies Provide Only Limited Relief From Health Care Reform for Collectively Bargained Plans

On June 14, 2010 the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released interim final regulations providing guidance on the effective date of certain Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions for collectively bargained plans. The PPACA provides that certain of its health insurance reform provisions shall not apply “… … Continue reading this entry

What Should Human Resources Be Doing to Prepare for Health Care Reform?

It’s now mid-June 2010. Health care reform passed in March 2010. Feeling a bit panicky about how it will affect your workplace? You’re not alone. In the coming months, we plan to provide you details about what you should be doing now to prepare for required changes needed to comply with the Patient Protection and … Continue reading this entry

Nursing Mothers Get Break(s) Under New Federal Law

Among the least-publicized changes in the recently enacted health care reform bill (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Act) is an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will significantly impact the workplace. The new law requires employers subject to the FLSA to provide rest breaks so nursing mothers can express milk. … Continue reading this entry