When the US Department of Treasury released the news that implementation of the Affordable Care Act will be delayed by a whole year, the reactions were a mixed bag. While some feel strongly that the extremely complex statutory provisions and requirements of the law itself need serious modifications, let us see what each of the players gets out of this postponement.
Over the next year, a great deal of work is needed to clarify the application of the ACA to workers contracted through staffing agencies. While the government is focused on identifying companies trying to skirt the law by reducing their ‘permanent’ employee headcount to less than 50, host companies and their staffing suppliers struggle to interpret which contract workers receive benefits under the ACA. This legislation, and other similar legislation, fails to recognize the rapid adoption of contract workers as a strategic component of most companies’ workforces. Most staffing agencies are committed to providing the best possible working conditions for their contractors. Satisfied workers translate into completed engagements and high reassignment rates, which translate into increased profits. Legislation must explicitly and clearly address this population so that well intentioned companies can fully comply with both the letter and intent of ACA.
On our part, we can only assure you that we will keep you updated on any significant changes, even as they happen.
Mail (will not be published) (required)
8 + = seventeen
Thanks for Subscribing to DCR Blog.