Congress Approves Bill Maintaining Definition of Small Employer

bill maintaining the definition of small businesses as those with up to 50 full-time employees passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support and is expected to be signed by President Obama, reports the New York Times. While the definition was set to expand on January 1, 2016 to businesses with up to 100 employees, the “Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act” instead maintains the current definition but gives states the option to adopt the expanded criteria, though few states are expected to do so. Passage of the bill followed months of lobbying and advocacy, with many groups raising concerns about the capacity for employers with 51 to 100 employees to meet the new requirements and the potential for increased premium costs.