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More than 1,000 operators use Notification Tool, NRA says

The National Restaurant Association said more than 1,000 restaurateurs have taken advantage of its new Notification Tool, an online resource that helps employers meet the Oct. 1 deadline of notifying employees about government-run health insurance exchanges.

“The Notification Tool guides an employer through the law’s required information process and creates a company-specific landing page that can be used to properly notify employees,” said Phil Kafarakis, the NRA’s chief innovation and member advancement officer. “This is new ground for a trade association, and the response from our members tells us we are providing a valuable resource.”

Among other provisions, the health care law has created a new section of the Fair Labor Standards Act that requires employers to provide existing employees with basic information about exchanges by Oct. 1, including letting employees know they may be eligible for federal tax subsidies to buy health plans through exchanges. The mandate applies to all employers covered by the FLSA. Starting in 2014, employers will be required to provide employees with the FLSA notice within 14 days of hiring.

An exclusive member benefit, the Notification Tool not only helps employers inform employees of new requirements around health care coverage, but also tracks and reports which employees received the notice and creates records to verify compliance.

“Turnkey solutions like the Notification Tool are typical of the ways the NRA supports our members,” Kafarakis said.

The Notification Tool, available at Restaurant.org/Notify, is part of the Association’s Health Care Reform Headquarters. The one-stop shop offers NRA members information about how the law affects restaurant businesses, including a Health Care Law Primer that covers key aspects of the law for restaurant employers. The Health Care Reform Headquarters will later offer a marketplace to help restaurant employers and employees shop for Affordable Care Act-compliant health plans.

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