In the beginning, employers focused their attention on preparing and delivering forms. Then, in the fall of 2017, the U.S. federal government began activating additional pillars of the ACA. For example, the threshold for how many ACA-eligible employees to whom an employer had to offer health insurance was 75 percent in 2015, and that compliance threshold rose to 95 percent in 2016. As employers work to address the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act , integrating benefits administration with other core HR functions from payroll to time and attendance is increasingly important for timely, accurate compliance and reporting.
Does ACA apply to all employers?
The Affordable Care Act employer mandate generally applies to employers with 50 or more full-time employees, according to the IRS. This means that in most cases, these businesses must offer health insurance to their employees, or make an employer shared responsibility payment to the IRS.
The HR system is going to be potentially one of the systems that’ll be involved. In many cases, employers are setting up for example two different designations for full- time employees.
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For example, eligible full-time employees generally must be offered coverage that is affordable and provides minimum value, and penalties accumulate for every month that a company is not in compliance. ADP Health Compliance is designed to help large employers manage the business challenges associated with the ACA. If you have fewer than 50 full-time and FTE employees and don’t offer health coverage, you are not subject to these reporting requirements. If you have fewer than 50 full-time and FTE employees and offer a fully insured health plan, your insurer is responsible for filing the required forms with the IRS and furnishing the forms to your employees. ACA reporter has also come to know that the IRS has issued its ‘final’ drafts of instructions for employers with guidelines to report regarding health coverage, which they offered employees last year .
ADP says this fully outsourced service reduces administrative burdens for employers by supporting and streamlining all of the labor-intensive interactions between employers, employees and various government agencies. ADP TotalSource’s co-employment model provides its clients with access to Fortune 500®-caliber benefits, full plan administration and other employee benefits. In addition to helping employers automate annual open enrollment processes through employee self-service portal interfaces with hundreds of health insurance carriers, ADP also empowers clients to more strategically administer employee benefits throughout the year. For example, ADP enables companies of all sizes to analyze a single, integrated HR data set to uncover actionable insights that can help them refine their benefit plan design to more cost-effectively meet employee needs. One common compliance challenge is that, while compliance reporting is annual, the deadlines are on tighter timeframes.
The penalty for failure to offer minimum value and/or affordable coverage is a $3,000 annual penalty that will be due for each full-time employee receiving a subsidy, up to a maximum of the total number of full- time employees (minus 80 in 2015; 30 in 2016) times $2,000. Those employees may be eligible to receive a premium tax credit to buy coverage in the health insurance Marketplace. Did at least one employee receive a premium tax credit or cost-sharing subsidy in a Marketplace/Exchan ge? Regulatory Management– ADP’s ACA experts provide notices of coverage, develop annual health care reports, manage exchange notices and reconcile ACA employer penalties.
These requirements are needed whether am ALE gave coverage via a group health plan or funded ICHRAs through which employees made coverage purchases for their selves and families from ACA marketplace exchanges. The IRS Publication 5223 explains how employers can prepare substitute forms to provide the required ACA reporting information to IRS and employees. As for whether penalties will actually be enforced, the IRS has demonstrated it is serious about enforcing the ACA. According to a 2018 TIGTA report, IRS management has been using a new case selection methodology to gather data to analyze all segments of the population to assist in future case analysis, selection, and assignment. TIGTA said this will allow the IRS to use the data gathered from working the 2015 tax year cases to further refine case selection methodologies and increase the probability for subsequent tax year case selections to include those with the highest compliance impact. What this means is that the IRS is only going to become better at identifying organizations that are not complying with the ACA. Last year the IRS sent out its first penalty notices for 2015 ACA filings, about 30,000 letters containing $4.4 billion in penalty assessments.
ADP has a history of delivering enhancements across its HCM platforms to support compliance with ACA mandates and other major regulations. ADP will continue to offer new functionality as additional ACA requirements take effect. ADP’s leading HCM and benefits solutions provide easy-to-use health benefits enrollment and eligibility platforms and related services for employers of all sizes. These are offered throughout ADP segments and solutions, including ADP TotalSource® , ADP Insurance Services, ADP Benefits Services, ADP Workforce Now®, and ADP Vantage HCM®. ROSELAND, NJ — ADP®, a leading global provider of human capital management solutions, today announced that its products enabled more than 15 million employees and their dependents to enroll in U.S. health benefit plans for 2014. Those ALE’s which have more than 50 employees hired on full-time basis last year will have to use the 1095 C form to show that they have given their employees the minimum essential coverage and the minimum value threshold too.
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In the early days of their efforts to ensure compliance at the federal level, many organizations focused almost exclusively on the submission of forms required under the Act at the end of the year. What ADP has discovered is that the submission of timely and accurate forms is a byproduct of the organization’s efforts and success in managing proactive penalty avoidance a monthly basis.
However, Tomassetti and her team took the time to help them through the penalty process, and the organization has since upgraded to ADP’s penalty management service. The ACA is unique because it is the first mandate that requires employers to compile various forms of organizational data monthly — benefits, HR, payroll, multi-employer, leaves — and use that data to determine whether the organization is compliant. This requirement means that there’s a risk of data conflict, which can lead to penalties.
There’s ACA full-time, which applies solely to the ACA requirements related to health care plans and then there’s a full-time designation for everything else. Things like vacation accrual or potentially stock participation or any of the policies or programs and the designation for regular full-time could be 37 ½ hours or 40 hours a week, whatever a client may have used historically.
Now all of that should come from the payroll system and be pretty straight forward for most employers. But then every employer also has to take into account special types of unpaid leaves and those hours must be included in the calculations of hours of service. Over time, it’s possible that additional types of leaves could be added to this, SO if you don’t have a good absence management system in place, it’s going to be critical that you implement one and begin tracking it.
The payroll and time and absence management systems will all be involved. The payroll is going to be critical in terms of capturing the bulk of hours of service as well as things like month, average monthly salary or Box 1, W-2 values. Time is going to be involved to the extent that if employers have large part-time populations it is going to be critical to be able to manage those people to a true part-time status and as a result, avoid potential problems with other areas of the regulatory environment.
In addition to reporting requirements and potential penalties at the federal level, there’s a growing number of states that require similar employer reporting. Additionally, California and Rhode Island announced their requirements for employer reporting and employee forms for tax year 2020. California has already defined potential penalties for those that do not fulfill these new employer reporting requirements; New Jersey is examining applying penalties to non-compliance as well. Finally, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington may soon enact their own ACA reporting requirements, watching the successes and developments of the first states and their reporting cycles. They were not taking advantage of ADP’s penalty management service at the time, and this took place during a tax year when ADP was not a provider for this client.
Of most concern would probably be ERISA Section 510 which prohibits an employer from cutting back an employees’ hours resulting in that employee becoming ineligible for qualified benefits, to which they would otherwise be entitled. We are measuring different things when we talk about hours of service. We are measuring hours that are worked and are paid; we are also measuring hours that are not worked but which are paid- things like paid vacation or paid leave.
Employers are now compelled according to ACA demands to ensure that the reporting forms of 1095 reach the hands of all employees. While 80% of survey respondents may not have received an IRS penalty notice, it doesn’t mean they won’t. The federal agency has been issuing Letter 226J penalty notices to employers identified as having failed to comply with the ACA’s Employer Mandate for the 2016 tax year, and will continue to do so for subsequent tax years.
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ADP can help businesses manage HR costs and compliance through dependent eligibility audits and delivery of required information to employees, such as “Summary of Benefits & Coverage” forms. In addition, ADP supports a full spectrum of spending and reimbursement accounts, including Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements . An HR services firm from ADP further stated that these contributions made by eligible employers must be high enough to enable employees to easily buy the lowest cost silver plans offered to ensure that not more than 9.5% of employees’ incomes are used to buy such plans.
- Things like vacation accrual or potentially stock participation or any of the policies or programs and the designation for regular full-time could be 37 ½ hours or 40 hours a week, whatever a client may have used historically.
- The payroll is going to be critical in terms of capturing the bulk of hours of service as well as things like month, average monthly salary or Box 1, W-2 values.
- In many cases, employers are setting up for example two different designations for full- time employees.
- There’s ACA full-time, which applies solely to the ACA requirements related to health care plans and then there’s a full-time designation for everything else.
- The payroll and time and absence management systems will all be involved.
- The HR system is going to be potentially one of the systems that’ll be involved.
5 © Copyright 2015 ADP, LLC. Proprietary and Confidential Information. Shared Responsibility Decisions and Potential Penalties Did the employer have, on average, 100 in ACA full-time employees plus full-time equivalent employees in the prior year? Does the employer offer minimum essential coverage to at least 70% in 2015 (95% in 2016) of its ACA full-time employees?
Meanwhile, penalty amounts have increased substantially for failing to offer coverage to eligible full-time employees, for offering “unaffordable” coverage or for failing to file the necessary tax forms. Whether seeking to comply with state or federal reporting requirements, organizations need solutions that simplify and streamline the process because of the inherent challenges of gathering and analyzing employee-related data from across the enterprise. Once data has been aggregated and its integrity confirmed, organizations should leverage solutions to apply proactive penalty measures to ACA measurements and status every month, by FEIN and by employee. It’s only once they have those solutions and visibility in place that they’ll be able to comply with ACA reporting requirements while minimizing the potential for costly penalties.