A group of employers is urging the Obama administration to extend through 2015 its definition of a full-time employee under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act despite the delay in the employer mandate.

The Employers for Flexibility in Healthcare Coalition this week sent a letter to three Cabinet secretaries on that question as well as raising other questions about guidelines issued by the government to help employers prepare to integrate the law into their benefits planning.

Those questions included the tax and reporting implications of the delay in the employer mandate. The administration announced last month that the penalty provisions of the mandate would be postponed until 2015, though not the heart of the mandate.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.