In an attempt to shed some light on the situation, Cartersville-based ShawHankins will host a seminar on healthcare reform requirements and how business owners can prepare for pending deadlines.
Health Care Reform in 2014 and How Technology Can Help You Stay in Compliance will be held Monday, July 22, at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce. While ShawHankins President Scott Hankins has been asked to speak at conferences across the country, he and others from ShawHankins will present the Cartersville seminar at no cost. Presented in a lunch-and-learn format, guests can be provided lunch for $10.
“It’s so complex and so many things are changing, even as recently as this week, the seminar just gives employers an opportunity to come hear in plain language exactly what healthcare reform means to them,” Hankins said. “Although the employer mandate has been put off until 1/1/15, a lot of things have not been put off. There are a lot of fees dues by July 31 of this year and there are a lot of people that don’t know they owe those fees.
“Most employers just don’t understand the complexity of it. There is just so much to know and understand that this seminar will give employers the opportunity to come hear about it and if they like they can stay and ask questions specific to their business. We’re just looking forward to doing the presentation and helping people understand.”
Parnick Jennings, financial advisor and benefit consultant with ShawHankins, has helped coordinate the event to meet a need he saw in the business community.
“I think the biggest fear is the uncertainty of it and the enormity of the law itself, which is thousands of pages, and literally every time you turn a page you find something else out that wasn’t previously disclosed,” Jennings said. “The average person who is trying to run a business does not have the time or inclination to do this. Unfortunately, ‘I didn’t know,’ will not be a proper defense if you’re found in violation of the law. There are very stiff penalties for the employer if they do not comply with what the law asks for.”
Specific topics to be covered in the seminar will be:
• Which employers are exempt from the employer mandate,
• How full-time employees are defined,
• How independent contractors, temporary workers and seasonal workers are treated under the ACA,
• Who is eligible for the temporary small business tax credit and
• What technology is available to help you navigate ACA waters.
To RSVP and reserve a lunch, call Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Ladonna Jordan at 770-382-1466.