HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- The deadline for small businesses to notify their employees about the new health care rules is fast approaching.
Bill Neff, the owner of Bill Neff Enterprises, said he's down to 15 employees because of government regulations like Obamacare.
Small businesses in the Valley are gearing up to start following a new law.
Jonathan Coddington, an employee benefits manager, has been working with Bill Neff Enterprises to ensure that the company is able to sort through the new laws.
"Well it's totally ridiculous and it's going to add a bunch of costs. It's certainly adding regulations that none of us know much about," said Neff.
The Affordable Care Act goes into effect in January 2014 and it requires all small businesses to do one thing.
Even though they are not required by law to provide their employees with insurance, they are required to do one other thing, send out notices to all their employees by October 1.
"Basically it needs to be provide to everybody at the business regardless of whether or not they are eligible for insurance. Part timers, full timers, seasonal workers, everybody has to get it and it notifies them that there is something called an exchange coming," said Coddington.
Now Coddington is working to explain what that means to his company's workers.
"I don't know what that form says, I know my assistant has forms coming in that need to be filled out," said Coddington.
Neff isn't the only one uncertain about the future of the affordable care act.
"We don't know yet what it's all going to look like, unfortunately it sounds like we're going to find out the same time everybody else does," said Coddington.
Neff said a few years ago his business downsized from about forty employees to now fifteen all because of government regulations, federally and statewide.
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