Like many of you, I am still a bit mystified by the Affordable Care Act and feel uncertain about the waves of change rapidly heading toward businesses in California. Luckily, many local experts are working non-stop to explain the nuances and obligations of health care reform and we're working closely with them to give you the information you need.
I'd like to introduce you to the Small Business Toolkit we put together with our partners at Butte County, Butte College, and the Alliance for Workforce Development. Our Toolkit walks you through approaching deadlines, training opportunities, and webinars that will help you understand what the new health care law means for your business.
We recommend that you check out Covered California and their Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), too. Covered California offers information specifically designed for small businesses such as new options for health coverage and the tax credit fact sheet.
Keep in mind that if you own a small business, you may be required by the Department of Labor to inform your employees about health care coverage by October 1, 2013. The notice to employees about coverage options is a Department of Labor (DOL) requirement and businesses can use the DOL tool online to determine if they must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Butte County call center will open on October 1st, too, and will serve as a resource to you and your employees: 877.410.8803.
If you need more information, there are several educational opportunities for small businesses regarding the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Labor (DOL) notice of coverage options requirement. Please refer to our Toolkit for dates and times and let us know if you have any questions.
It's time to adjust our sails.