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Heather DeBlanc is the Chair of the firm’s Business and Facilities Practice Group. She practices construction, business, contract and employment law (with an emphasis in benefits), representing public entity clients.


With a little less than four months left in 2015, now is the time to evaluate your Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) compliance.  If you are an applicable large employer or an employer that sponsors a self-insured health plan, you must provide written statements (e.g. copy of completed reporting form) to employees no later than January

Retirement-Sign.jpgAs employers begin to prepare for the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) Employer Mandate scheduled to take effect January 1, 2015, two main questions arise relating to retired employees who return to work:

Can retired employees subject the employer to a penalty? – Yes!

Should employers offer health coverage to retired employees? – Probably not.  Doing

When we think of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), we invariably think of health insurance.  The ACA mandates that any employer with 50 or more full time equivalent employees may face penalties unless it offers affordable health insurance to its full-time employees.  This ACA requirement applies to employers with 50 or more full time employees,