Regardless of size and whether health benefits are already provided to employees or not, all California employers need to provide written notice to all current employees describing the existence of, and options available, under Covered California, as well as the employee’s potential eligibility for tax credits.
The federal Department of Labor has created two notification forms, which are available to download in English and Spanish at www.calrest.org/notify. One form is for employers who do not offer coverage and one for employers who do offer coverage. Employers must provide this notice to existing employees by Oct. 1, or within 14 days of a new hire's start date.
Though last week the government announced there will be no immediate penalties for non-compliance, there is still a chance employers could face civil penalties if they fail to issue the notice. The California Restaurant Association highly encourages employers do everything possible to notify their employees in writing by Oct. 1.
More information on employer requirements under the Affordable Care Act can be found on the Department of Labor’s website.
For more information, go online at www.calrest.org/healthcare.