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EMPLOYER PENALTIES UNDER HEALTH CARE REFORM

November 15, 2012

Beginning in 2014, certain employers will face stiff penalties under the new health insurance reform law.  Small employers with 50 or fewer employees are exempt from penalties under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act” or “ACA”), but ...

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DETAILS ABOUT ADDITIONAL MEDICARE TAX IN 2013

August 17, 2012

Beginning in 2013, employees that are paid wages or salaries over $200,000 will see their Medicare tax rate increase from 1.45% to 2.35%.  The higher rate (0.9%) is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and takes effect for tax years beginning after December 31, 2012. The IRS ...

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE ACT

June 28, 2012

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the Court and was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia ...

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SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

March 14, 2012

Providing health insurance to employees can be a real challenge for small businesses. On average, small businesses pay about 18% more than large firms for the same health insurance policy and they also lack the purchasing power that larger employers have. The Affordable Care Act offers help in ...

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NEW CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2012

November 4, 2011

Governor Brown recently signed several important employment-related bills into law. The new laws contain measures that affect employer’s obligations regarding commission agreements, credit checks, wage and business information notices to employees, health care coverage during leave of ...

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HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

June 28, 2010

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This landmark legislation will overhaul the U.S. health care system and impact most employers. Final changes to the bill have now been approved by both the House and the Senate, ...

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HEALTH CARE TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS

April 18, 2010

Health coverage legislation enacted this year includes a Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to help small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations afford the cost of covering their workers. To be eligible, a qualifying employer must meet the following requirements: Providing health ...

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