On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Less than a week later, Congress passed the Health Care and Education Tax Credit Reconciliation Act of 2010, the Reconciliation Bill that amended the PPACA (collectively the “Act”). Hospitality employers must carefully understand what changes the Act will bring as to how and whether they provide health insurance benefits. Click here to read the Management Alert that provides a good starting point in describing how the Act affects employers and when the various provisions will take effect. PPACA’s requirement that employers provide breaks for nursing mothers is addressed in this One Minute Memo. Moreover, on May 12, 2010, Seyfarth participated in a webinar with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) regarding how healthcare reform will impact the hotel industry. For information about the AH&LA webinar, click here.

Think you are too small to be affected by PPACA? Think again! Many smaller hospitality employers are not paying attention to these laws because some commentators have reported they only apply to employers with 50 or more full-time employees. That statement is inaccurate; click here to find out why.