• Employer Mandate Delayed Again
  • February 17, 2014
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • The Obama administration had previously delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act requirement that large employers—those with more than 50 full-time employees—either provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty until 2015. This week, the administration announced it was delaying the employer mandate even further.

    Businesses with 50 to 99 full-time workers—people working at least 30 hours per week—don't have to comply with the mandate until 2016, under final regulations the Treasury Department released Monday.

    Larger employers aren't getting an outright delay but will have more time to fully comply with the mandate. Employers with more than 100 full-time workers must offer coverage to 70 percent of their full-time employees this year, and 95 percent after that, to avoid paying a penalty.

    Monday's regulations also clarify that volunteers—for example, volunteer firefighters—aren't counted as full-time employees, and they give employers more flexibility when counting workers' hours.