Transportation Companies May Be Affected by PPACA-Related
Health Insurance Marketplace Changes
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(PPACA), employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) must providenotification to their employees about other aspects of the new health insurancemarketplace. This generally includes offices that have at least one employeeand conduct a minimum of $500,000 in annual business. Eligible employers--thismay include chiropractic offices--are required to provide this notice to allcurrent employees by Oct. 1 and to each new employee at the time of hirebeginning Oct. 1.
Your office may fall under the FLSA even if the gross salesor volume of business does not meet the requisite dollar volume of $500,000annually. Employees may still be covered if they individually engage ininterstate commerce, the production of goods for interstate commerce or in anoccupation closely related and directly essential to such production.Interstate commerce includes such activities as transacting business viainterstate telephone calls or the U. S. Mail (such as handling insuranceclaims), ordering or receiving goods from an out-of-state supplier, or handlingthe accounting or bookkeeping for such activities. It would also include thehandling of credit card transactions since that involves the interstate bankingand finance systems.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has providedemployers with two sample notices they may use to comply with this rule, onefor employers who do NOT offer a health plan and another for employers who DOoffer a health plan for some or all employees. For more information on whetheryour office falls under this requirement, please click here or refer to DOL'sTechnical Guidance or contact your attorney