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2013 Service Contract Act Health and Welfare Fringe Benefit Changes

In accordance with 29 C.F.R. Section 4.52, the prevailing health and welfare fringe benefits issued under the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) will be increased on June 19, 2013. As prescribed by the regulations, the new benefit rate is derived from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Cost Index (ECI), summary of Employer Cost for Employee Compensation. Effective June 19, 2013, the new SCA health and welfare benefit will be $3.81 per hour and will be posted on the Wage Determinations (www.wdol.gov) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) (www.dol.gov/whd) websites. Read entire memorandum here.

Balancing SCA with Employee Mandates Under Healthcare Reform

With 2013 at our doorstep, I am increasingly asked by PSC member companies and those within the industry one question: “How will healthcare reform affect my business?”  The answer is not an easy one, and is different for each contractor. Healthcare Reform, also known as The Affordable Care Act (and henceforth referred to as the ACA), PPACA or ObamaCare, can be described by a number of adjectives, most especially complicated, complex, and confusing. Read more

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