Employer shared responsibility or “play or pay” provisions (aka 4980H) of the ACA are effective January 1, 2014; however, no penalties will be assessed until 2015. Nevertheless, says Gillihan, your planning must be ongoing now if you plan to use a 12-month measurement period—that period has already started.
BLR has released the results of the new 2013 Holiday Practices Survey, which examines employer practices for providing paid holidays and paying nonexempt employees during the 2013 holiday season and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2014.
The infographic below highlights survey findings and links to an article by BLR Legal Editor Susan Prince, J.D., who explains the rules for bonuses and gift cards related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), payroll taxes and withholding.
Happy Thanksgiving, Readers!
Here’s Prince’s summary of the changes:
Direct Care Workers
Effective January 1, 2015, direct care workers employed by agencies and other third-party employers are entitled to receive minimum wage and overtime. Direct care workers include companions, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, and caregivers.
How Big Is the Number?
Most HR managers underestimate the full costs of employee health (or lack thereof), says Ahlrichs. He refers to a study involving auto manufacturers and 171,250 employees.
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