Landscape contractors, among other industries that employ seasonal workers, are getting behind the STARS Act of 2014, which has been proposed in the U.S. Congress. The act aims to simplify the legal definition of seasonal employment, which affects how companies comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In a letter to members of Congress, signed by multiple industry groups, they complained that the current law is too confusing. “The statute…leaves more room for interpretation and continues to confuse small employers as they work to comply with the law,” it said.
As the law currently stands, seasonal work can be defined by its nature or by the cumulative amount of hours worked by all of a company’s employees. Because of the multiple definitions, many business owners find it hard to determine if they’re required to begin offering health insurance plans to their employees. The STARS Act uses only one methodology to determine who is seasonal.