Begin­ning Octo­ber 1, 2013 any busi­ness with at least one employ­ee and $500,000 in annu­al rev­enue must noti­fy all employ­ees by let­ter about the Afford­able Care Act’s health-care exchanges, or face a fine up to $100 per day. This require­ment applies to any busi­ness reg­u­lat­ed under the Fair Labor Stan­dards Act, regard­less of size. 

Going for­ward, let­ters are to be dis­trib­uted to any new hires with­in 14 days of their start­ing date, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Labor.

Ear­li­er this sum­mer, the employ­er man­date, which states that every busi­ness with at least 50 or more full-time employ­ees must offer work­ers accept­able cov­er­age or face a $2,000 penal­ty per work­er, per year was pushed back to 2015. But the Octo­ber 1st employ­ee noti­fi­ca­tion dead­line is still in effect. 

Here are links to the US Depart­ment of Labor web­site where you can down­load mod­el noti­fi­ca­tions. 

To read the Tech­ni­cal release 2013-02 – Guid­ance on the notice of employ­ee cov­er­age options under FLSA and updat­ed mod­el elec­tion notice under COBRA you can click here.

To read more about the Afford­able Care Act on the US Depart­ment of Labor web­site please click here.