Thursday, September 26, 2013

Important Deadline Coming Up for all Employers October 1st

Required Affordable Care Act Exchange Notice Due October 1, 2013

Although the federal government has delayed the employer mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "ACA"), October 1, 2013 is still the deadline for employers to provide a notice of health care coverage options to their employees.

The notice informs the employee of the new health insurance marketplace (in California, that's Covered California), a description of services, how to contact the marketplace (also called an "exchange") and additional required information.

Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must distribute the required notice to all employees, regardless of plan enrollment status (if applicable) or whether the employees are full or part time:
  • By October 1, 2013, all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to provide current employees with the notice.
  • Starting October 1, 2013, each new hire must receive the notice within 14 days of the employee's start date. In 2014, providing the notice within that time fulfills the Department of Labor's (DOL) compliance requirement.
The DOL has issued temporary guidance on what the agency will consider as compliance with the notice requirement. Employers are not required to provide a separate notice to dependents or other individuals who are or may become eligible for coverage under the plan but who are not employees.

The DOL has created two model versions of the required notice: one for employers that do not offer a health plan and another for employers that offer a health plan for some or all employees.

For your convenience, you can download either version of the DOL's form for free through CalChamber:
 The DOL has an online tool to help companies determine if the FLSA applies to them.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Amador Community Foundation presents: "Supporting Your Community Through Philanthropy" - Thurs Sept 19

Learn how to make yourself better off financially while giving back to your community now and in the future.
  • Reduce Taxes
  • Conserve Income
  • Help Your Community
September 19, 2013 11:30am – 1:30pm

Thomi’s Banquet Room 627 S. State Hwy 49, Jackson
Lunch Provided
Presenters: Tina Hurley, Director, Estate and Gift Planning, UC Davis Health System
Russ Brown, Certified Financial Planner
Eric Rouen, Attorney at Law, Estate Planning
RSVP to Amador Community Foundation 223-2148 or

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Amador Council of Tourism Quarterly Evening Meeting – Thurs Sept 12

Hello, Everyone-
I want to thank you for continuing to open your doors and hearts to visitors, every day. We hear such positive feedback about how welcomed our visitors feel here at every stop in Amador County.

Amador Council of Tourism is holding its quarterly evening meeting, next Thursday, September 11th, 5:30 pm, at Volcano Union Inn. The Union is providing some appetizers and some wine tasting that evening. We will be in the game room.
I will have the new planners available if you have not seen them and the new edition of the Gold Country Visitors Association map. The new website is getting great traffic as well. Both of these projects were accomplished by State Fair, to present a refreshed branding campaign.

If you have received a membership renewal request, please plan to bring your check to the meeting. If you have not joined yet and want to know more, please, do come and learn what Amador Council of Tourism does for our tourism industry. Our partnerships with Gold Country Visitors Association, California Tourism, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau are pivotal to Amador’s continued growth. Do you know that your town business associations and your neighbor businesses partner with ACT to advertise collectively and get more bang for the buck?

We have writers coming through at the end of September, due to the efforts of a PR person hired by GCVA (Gold Country Visitors Association). These writers will get a brief exposure to Amador as part of a larger campaign to promote Gold Country as a region. January is the Bay Area Travel Show and GCVA takes a row of booths to get the message out. If you have an event or business you want to promote, that is an excellent show. If you want to attend the show and see what it is like, please let me know and I will make arrangements.

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us. As always, thank you for your support.

See you next Thursday,

Maureen Funk

Amador Council of Tourism

115 Valley View Way

PO Box 40

Sutter Creek, CA  95685