How Obamacare’s ‘Aggregation Rule’ May Affect Small Business Owners

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As of now, this mandate defines all full-time employees as those who work more than 30 hours per week.

A Congressional hearing on the matter was held in December and included testimony from several business experts, such as Debbie Walker, an accountant with more than 35 years of experience. Ms. Walker believes that many entrepreneurs won’t realize they are subject to the law’s aggregation rules – which apply mainly to entrepreneurs who own assets or have financial stakes in multiple businesses – until it is too late. She believes that the rules are “just too complicated.” Several business owners have seen their expenses balloon to an additional $50,000 to $350,000 per year in order to be in compliance with this mandate. These costs are then passed down to their customers via increased prices for goods and services, or to the employee through high deductibles and premiums.

Though this aggregation mandate was put into place to prevent businesses from “skirting the law” should they have several business entities and more than 50 full –time employees across these entities, it has placed small business owners in a space of fear which may stunt growth in job opportunities created by these entrepreneurs.

So what do you think? Will this “Aggregation Rule” assist in making small business owners accountable to the Affordable Care Act, or is it a recipe for disaster which does not help the job climate at all?


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