Affordable Care Act Regulations Allow Orientation Period for New Hires

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits group health plans and group health insurance issuers from applying waiting periods exceeding 90 days. Under newly issued final regulations, employers will be allowed to have an orientation period for new workers of up to one month before the 90-day waiting period begins. During the orientation period, which is the initial period after a worker is hired, the employer and employee "evaluate whether the employment situation is satisfactory for each party." Under these final regulations, one month would be determined by adding one calendar month and subtracting one calendar day to an employee's start date.


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