Small Business: Complying with ACA in a time of mass furloughs
A recent Newsday Article written By Jamie Herzlich, features our HR Manager Tina Zaberto. See below for what Tina had to say about tracking hours under ACA:
Another consideration is properly tracking employee hours to determine full-time eligibility status for health coverage for 2020, says Christina Zaberto, human resources manager with Associated HCM in Plainview, which provides payroll and human capital management services.
There are different ways to measure and track employee hours under ACA, including the look-back measurement period, she says. The period can span from three to 12 months, with 12 months being most commonly used.
This involves applying a measurement period to determine the status of the employee as full-time and a stability period (the timeframe they must be offered coverage), she says.
If an employee is put on leave and the leave is paid, then the employee’s hours should still be counted as hours of service for purposes of determining if they are full-time and eligible for coverage in 2020, she says.
Unpaid non-protected leave will not be counted as hours of service in a measurement period, says Zaberto.