Congressional Bill Introduced to Amend Definition of Full-Time Employee Under the ACA

November 20, 2017 Adam Rivera

Representative James Renacci has introduced House Bill H.R. 3956, the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality Act of 2017 (the STARS Act). The STARS Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude seasonal employees from the definition of “full-time employee” for purposes of the employer mandate to provide employees with minimum essential health care coverage.
The STARS Act would define a seasonal employee as an employee who is employed in a position for which the customary annual employment is not more than six months and which requires performing labor or services that are ordinarily performed at certain seasons or period of the year.
The bill currently has the bipartisan support of 17 Representatives.

About the Author

Adam Rivera is a member of the Regulatory Analysis Team's Direct Tax division at Sovos. His main areas of focus are Federal and State Tax Withholding and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Reporting. Prior to Sovos, Adam worked as a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives. He also has experience in securities law, focusing on securities litigation and researching emerging crowdfunding methods of raising capital. Adam is a member of both the Massachusetts and Florida Bars. He earned his B.A. from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Miami.

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