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Employer notification of the Marketplace

Sept. 17, 2013

On September 11 the Department of Labor (DOL) released an FAQ clarifying that an employer cannot be fined for failing to provide employees with notice about the Marketplace as required by Section 1512 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

You will recall that notices are to be provided to current employees by October 1, 2013 and to all new hires beginning October 1, 2013.

The U.S. Department of Labor has two model notices to help employers comply. There is one model for employers who do not offer a health plan and another model for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees:

Where can I find more information?
More information can be found in the DOL FAQ.


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