RAPAPORT... The National Retail Federation (NRF) called upon Congress to vote in favor of a one year delay on the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate.
“NRF has worked hard to help our members come into compliance with the Affordable Care Act,” wrote NRF's senior vice president, David French, in a letter to Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We have repeatedly voiced concern about the effect of the employer mandate penalties on retail and chain restaurant jobs and job growth. We have also expressed concern about the rapidly diminishing amount of time to come into compliance with the Affordable Care Act.”
The House vote is expected today, following the White House's proposal to delay the employer mandate provisions for one year. NRF is considering all votes leading up and in connection with H.R. 2677, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, as key votes and will use them in its annual voting guide.
NRF recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, where it called on the White House and Congress to delay the health care reform law to provide businesses and employers more time to adapt their systems. The NRF welcomed the delay as opportunity to improve compliance across the retail industry.