Small Businesses Could Be Hit With Huge Obamacare Fines

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Small business owners who don’t follow politics very closely and don’t have decent financial advisers who are knowledgeable about Obamacare’s many regulations could be hit with huge fines in a few months. Beginning October 1st, any business with revenue over $500,000 per year and one employee or more will be required to inform new hires in writing about Obamacare exchanges or face penalties of $100 per day.

Fox Business has the details.

Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act’s health-care exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine. The requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size. Going forward, letters are to be distributed to any new hires within 14 days of their starting date, according to the Department of Labor.

Earlier this summer, the employer mandate, which states that every business with at least 50 or more full-time employees must offer workers acceptable coverage or face a $2,000 penalty per-worker, per-year, was pushed back until 2015. But the Oct. 1 employee-notification deadline stands. Keith McMurdy, partner at FOX Rothschild LLP, says the $100 per-day fine has been “unfortunately overlooked” by many small businesses, and the dollar amount on the penalty comes from the general per-day penalty under the ACA.

“The PPACA has a general $100-a-day penalty for non-compliance. Since this requirement is in the FLSA there are also penalties there. So the general consensus is that some penalty applies and probably the general provision,” McMurdy tells FOXBusiness.com.

Joeseph Dutra, president and CEO of Kimmie Candy Co., has 30 employees and brings in more than $500,000 in revenue annually, which means he has to notify workers of the exchanges by Oct. 1. He had no idea. (Read More)

How many other business owners don’t know about this? I only heard about it this morning in the car on my way to work, and I follow these things pretty closely.