Employers are required to provide each current employee a written notice with information about the new Health Insurance Exchanges on or before Oct. 1, 2013.
Employers MUST provide the notice to each employee, regardless of plan enrollment status (if applicable) or of part-time or full-time status. Notice is not required for dependents or other individuals who are or may become eligible for coverage under the plan but who are not employees.
Two model notices are available from the U.S. Department of Labor to help employers satisfy the notice requirement. One for those that do offer a health plan – http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithplans.pdf
and one for those who do not – http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/FLSAwithoutplans.pdf
When should the notice be provided? Employers are required to provide the written notice to each current employee not later than Oct. 1, 2013, and to each new employee at the time of hiring beginning October 1, 2013. In general, a notice will be considered provided “at the time of hiring” if it is provided within 14 days of an employee’s start date.
The notice may be provided by first-class mail, or, alternatively, it may be provided electronically if certain requirements are met. More info is available here. http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/tr13-02.html
All Allen Insurance and Financial clients have been emailed this notice.