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Surprise in ACA Waiting Period Rules Could Be Used to the Employer's Advantage
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[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 25, 2014
"Including the orientation period, employers technically have 120 days before they have to start offering healthcare coverage to their new employees. So it's entirely possible for some employers to add an orientation period to their employment conditions and buy themselves an extra 30 days of not having to pay for healthcare coverage for new hires -- as long as the feds don't see it as trying to skirt the law's requirements. One thing that's noticeably absent from the feds' proposed rule: What it takes for an employer's orientation period to be considered 'reasonable and bona-fide.'"

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