Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

I just returned from the Cornell HR in Hospitality Conference in Las Vegas with my partner Carolyn Richmond.  I participated in the Executive Summit and shared ideas with some of the most progressive minds in the hospitality industry.  Here is my top ten list of take-aways:

  1.  Once a year performance reviews are backwards looking,

Last year many California employers were forced to adapt their traditional 90-day probationary periods to comport with a state-specific requirement imposing a maximum eligibility waiting period for benefits of 60 days. This created a confusing list of choices for California employers who often like to provide benefits as a “prize” for passing a probationary period.

Many employers have a 90-day introductory or probationary period.  During that time, the employer and the employee are supposed to evaluate each other and determine if they’re each satisfied with the employment relationship.  If they are, the employee stays and often gets more benefits, including health care coverage, and maybe accrued vacation and/or paid holidays. 

Employers have until October 1, 2013 to notify employees that health insurance coverage may be available through an exchange. Even though the exchanges are not yet fully operational, employers must provide a notice to each employee, regardless of whether they’re enrolled in a plan or are employed full-time. Employers must also give the notice to