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CUPA-HR Meets With Treasury and IRS on Treatment of Student Workers Under ACA’s Employer Mandate

Barbara Carroll and Josh Ulman in Washington, DC

Barbara Carroll and Josh Ulman in Washington, DC

As questions continue to swirl around the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, especially as it relates to student workers in colleges and universities, CUPA-HR met with the Treasury Department and the IRS to discuss challenges and possible solutions.

At the January 15 meeting, CUPA-HR chief government relations officer Josh Ulman and Barbara Carroll, CUPA-HR chair-elect and head of human resources at North Carolina State University, offered the higher ed employer perspective on the issue, discussing with Treasury and IRS officials the difficulty in tracking student workers’ hours and the significant costs associated with offering those students that are already offered coverage through student health plans enrollment in an employer-sponsored plan.

As a result of the meeting, the Treasury Department and the IRS have asked CUPA-HR to provide them with data related to the percentage of colleges and universities offering student health plans and suggestions on how institutions could track hours for resident assistants, undergrad and grad research assistants and other students working on stipend.

“The fact that these two offices have asked for our input is promising,” says Ulman. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to inform future guidance and regulations issued around student workers and the ACA.”

For an in-depth look at the current rules around student workers and the ACA, see the article “Student Workers and the ACA” from the Winter 2014-15 issue of CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine.