Probably not yet, on net, this year, seems to be the correct answer, though temp staffing is trending upward.  Here are three charts that we created from data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.



Part-time workers’ share of the total work force has

We have been concerned for many months that some of our clients and friends are getting unreliable ACA compliance advice.  This is not a knock on insurance agents, or brokers, or TPA’s or any other class of advisors.  We work with some who are as helpful to our mutual clients as we are to them. 

Long before the ACA was a Senate cloakroom concept, the IRS had a burr under its saddle about employee misclassification, because payroll withholding tax collections vary directly with W-2 employee payrolls.  Employer incentives run in the other direction, including minimum wage, overtime, union organizing, OSHA, benefit plan eligibility and EEO duties owed to one’s own

Some federal regulations seem to have been crafted to say nothing, at great length.  The IRS ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Cost final rule, released February 10, 2014, is at the other end of the spectrum – 227 pages of important, tightly-packed, complex communication.  This is Part I of a four-part series summarizing some major

The long-awaited, unofficial copy runs 227 pages, so we will study tonight (February 10) and explain tomorrow.  Here are the bullet points from this afternoon’s IRS press release.

  • Small Businesses with fewer than 50 employees: (about 96% of all employers): Under the Affordable Care Act, companies that have fewer than 50 employees are not required

Several union organizers are among the most entrepreneurial people I have known. (See also personal injury lawyers, shrimpers and commercial theology operators.)  Somewhere out there, some union organizer sees an opportunity to build a new business model on the ACA employer mandate.  It looks like this.

Probably, to some significant extent, employers with low-wage workforces

On January 29, 2014, the IRS updated its list of priority projects for the period ending July 1, 2014.  Though expressly disclaiming any promise to compete any listed project by any certain date, the IRS included among its unfinished priorities these much-needed ACA rules and guidance documents.

  • Regulations amending §1.419A-2T relating to collectively-bargained welfare benefit

Last month, we alerted you to an approaching blizzard of ACA rules scheduled for release before year-end.  It has not arrived yet, but the current federal regulatory agenda forecast has not changed.  The IRS alone assures us that new or improved rules on at least these nine subjects will be coming down our chimneys any

Twice annually, we study the updated federal regulatory agenda and tell you about important ACA rules that the DOL, HHS and IRS plan to publish soon. It’s that time again.

December should be a busy blogging month.  These final rules are scheduled for release then:

RIN# Agency Subject
1210-AB56 DOL Maximum 90-day waiting period

Periodically, federal government agencies must disclose the status of all major rulemaking projects, forecasting the dates of expected rule publications.  The Spring 2013 version of this “Semi-annual Regulatory Agenda” was released July 23, 2013.   Here is the reported status of eleven major ACA rulemaking projects.

The individual mandate final rule is expected to be published