Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is set to begin on October 1, 2013. While many employers believe the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) were put off a year for them, many provisions still apply now.

By no later than October 1, 2013, most employers must distribute a notice of coverage options to their employees. For new hires after October 1, 2013, the notice of coverage options must be provided to the employee within 14 days of their start date. This notice form should be added to all new hiring packets.

Continue Reading Do You Think The ACA Is Asleep Because The Employer Mandate Was Postponed? Think Again!: Required Employee Notices Soon Due!

By:       Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, Esq. 

As I wrote in my November 16, 2011 post entitled “Non-Union Employers Beware: You Are Likely Required to Post the NLRB’s New “Employee Rights” Poster,” on August 30, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) adopted a rule that would require certain employers, including non-union employers to post a notice to employees explaining their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The implementation date was originally set for November 14, 2011. However, due to a number of lawsuits challenging the rule, the implementation date was delayed and the NLRB announced that the rule would not go into effect until January 31, 2012

Continue Reading NLRB Delays Deadline for Employers To Post its Notice to Employees Re: Rights to Unionize

The recent economic lull has lead to increased layoffs across different industries. Employers may be required to give advance notice to affected employees and certain government entities. There are Federal and State laws which discuss the issue of notice owed to employees before large layoffs. The Federal law is known as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or ‘WARN’ Act. California’s version of the WARN act (AB 2957, the ‘baby’ WARN Act) contains additional provisions employers should be aware of. The baby WARN Act applies to “mass layoffs”, “terminations” and “relocations” at “covered” establishments. There are no regulations interpreting the California version which makes it difficult to understand.

Continue Reading California ‘Baby’ WARN Act may Surface During Recession