Could you fall over the edge? Reviewing your workforce in a post-ACA world
Abstract: There was a time when contractors could generally maintain relatively streamlined workforces and then expand them as necessary when work picked up. But, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), “large employers” are at risk for penalties if they don’t offer “minimum essential” health care coverage or coverage that isn’t “affordable” or of “minimum value” as defined by the ACA. This article describes what constitutes a “large employer” and the penalties they face, along with IRS final regulations that delay penalties for smaller “large employers.” A sidebar adds that the final regulations for the ACA’s “play or pay” provisions also affect independent contractors and staffing agencies.