PPACA requires employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide a notice about the upcoming health marketplaces (also called exchanges) to their employees. The notice is due Oct. 1, 2013. On Sept. 11, 2013 the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will not penalize employers that do not provide this notice. As a practical matter, this means that providing the notice is now optional.

Employers that have already provided the notice do not need to do anything – it is fine to provide the notice. The change simply is that the DOL will not penalize employers that fail to provide the notice.

Employers that have not yet provided the notice may either distribute the notice or not, as they prefer. Employers that want to increase awareness of the marketplace (perhaps because they expect that some of their employees will need or want to purchase from the marketplace) may still want to provide the notice. Employers with complicated distribution situations…

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