CHICAGO – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is, as intended, reshaping the benefits world but many HR managers are struggling to stay on top of the law’s many rules, though there’s no evidence of a looming implementation train wreck.
Those were the big takeaways Sunday from a report released by the Society for Human Resource Management and a presentation by Alex Alonso, the organization’s vice president of research.
Another provision of the law requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide private space or lactation rooms for nursing mothers. The SHRM report showed that one-third of employers (34 percent) now have a separate lactation or mother’s room that goes above and beyond the law, an increase from 25 percent in 2009.
The 2013 Employee Benefits Research Report also found that one-quarter of employers in states that have legalized same-sex marriage now offer domestic partner benefits, excluding health care coverage. That’s an increase from 15 percent last year and 14 percent in 2009.