The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act obligates "applicable large employers" to provide affordable, minimum essential health insurance to full-time employees beginning January 1, 2014. Following are 2 of the 4 steps you can take now to prepare:
1. Select a look-back period in 2013 to determine the "applicable large employer" designation for 2014.
2. Count employees and calculate the designation based on a current snapshot to prepare for the official count and designation after the measurement period.
Select a Look-Back Period Applicable large employers are subject to the Act. These employers have 50 or more full-time and full-time-equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year.
Most employers’ designation will be evident without doing calculations – those well over or significantly fewer than 50 employees can easily tell whether the Affordable Care Act applies to them. If the employer has close to 50 or has a combination of full- and part-time employees, it's essential to carefully calculate the applicable large employer designation.
During the transition year of 2013, employers can choose any consecutive 6-month period (rather than the whole calendar year) as the “look-back period” for calculating their employer designation. This designation applies for the calendar year 2014. For example, a company can choose March through August as the look-back period for measurement. If calculations reveal 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees, then the company has September through December to evaluate or make healthcare arrangements for its employees.
Calculating Large Employer Status Employees are considered full-time under the Act if they are paid on average 30 or more hours per week during a month. Alternatively a monthly average of 130 hours or more can be used.
The number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) is the average number of hours worked by part-time employees in a month divided by 120. Add the number of FTEs to the number of full-time employees. If this sum is 50 or greater, then the organization is an applicable large employer.
Our Attendance on Demand system does the work for you. It allows employers to view different look-back periods, see a snapshot in time, and document their applicable large employer status, online any time. The next issue of our newsletter will cover steps 3 and 4 concerning measuring and reporting on full time employees using timekeeping to prepare for the Affordable Care Act.
Time & Attendance
The New 180° Cameras
Higher Resolution + Panoramic Field of View = Greater ROI
Megapixel panoramic cameras provide cost-effective solutions for applications where mechanical pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) devices or multiple cameras might otherwise be enlisted to provide similar coverage.
An area typically requiring multiple PTZ cameras or multiple fixed cameras can be covered with a single panoramic camera. This camera delivers comprehensive coverage without the need for an operator or control software. For applications that require critical detail like license plate recognition, you can combine the panoramic camera with single sensor megapixel cameras at entrance and exit points.
The panoramic camera offers standard surface mount or in-ceiling configurations, as well as optional wall and pendant mounting accessories. The IP66-rated environmental chassis and polycarbonate dome are vandal-resistant and eliminate the need for an external housing. An integrated heater and blower are available to accommodate harsh operating environments.
Call us for more information about this camera or help in determining a security system that fits your requirements.
Making Time Work For You
Time & Attendance Systems Parking Solutions • Access & CCTV
Lee Baxter Enterprises DBA
Cincinnati Time Recorder of Maine Northeast TimeTrak Systems
219 Anderson Street, Suite 1 Portland, Maine 04101
A Ticketless Solution for Parking
The new Amano McGann Universal Reader is a ticketless entry/exit solution that speeds processing and increases throughput.
The reader features a five-line display, proximity access, credit card with receipt, FlexScan barcode imaging technology, and command center integration.
Following are some the features and benefits of this reader:
- A consolidated ticketless entry/exit station,
- Rapid entry and exit delivers increased throughput,
- Easy access using proximity, barcode, credit card, or mobile technology,
- Secure: no cash collected or available,
- Ticketless transactions speed processing,
- FlexScan barcode matrix scanner reads 2D and linear barcodes,
- Seamless integration with pay-by-phone solution,
- Credentials can be scanned from various printed and electronic media formats including paper, event tickets, ID badges, and smartphones.
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