Increase to Minimum Wage Rate
Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage rate in Washington will increase to $11.00 per hour. This will be one of the highest statewide minimum wages in the country. Workers who are 14 or 15 years old may be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage. There is no separate minimum wage poster required.
State Minimum Wage Increases January 1
On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees is increasing to $10.50 per hour. The minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees will remain at $10.00 per hour for 2017.
Note that various cities in California have enacted minimum wage laws that exceed the state minimum wage.
Employers in California should ensure they post the current minimum wage poster. The state minimum wage poster, available to download at...
IRS Extends Due Date to Distribute ACA Form 1095-C / Form 1095-B to Employees
The IRS has extended the deadline for applicable large employers (those with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees) to distribute Form 1095-C to employees from January 31, 2017 to March 2, 2017. The extension also applies to small employers with self-funded plans, who now have until March 2 to distribute Form 1095-B to employees.
Republicans Plan To Start Repealing ACA In January.
Congressional Quarterly (11/16, Siddons, Adams, Subscription Publication) reports that GOP committee aides say Republicans are mulling several options for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, “with an eye toward making sure that people don’t lose their insurance coverage.” For their part, “Democratic aides urged congressional Republicans to listen to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises when pursuing a he...
The Obama administration has flexed its muscle once again in regards to healthcare in this country, placing limitations on private medical insurance programs with hopes to thwart competition and to enliven the slumping momentum of Affordable Care Act (ACA) program enrollment.
Short-term medical insurance plans have become very popular in the ACA era, not necessarily as a cheaper alternative to ACA-compliant products, but as a solution to the blatant coverage gaps in Obamacare. Short-term plans we...