DOL, HHS and Treasury Issue Technical Release on Automatic Enrollment, Waiting Periods and Employer Shared Responsibility

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has issued Technical Release 2012-01, which provides information on questions from employers and other stakeholders regarding the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) governing automatic enrollment, employer shared responsibility, and the 90-day limitation on waiting periods.  These provisions are scheduled to become effective in 2014.  Also outlined in the release are various approaches that the three regulatory agencies (Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services) are considering proposing in future regulations or other guidance.

The full release can be found at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/tr12-01.html.  Comments are requested by April 9, 2012, may be submitted anonymously, and will be shared by the Departments.

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