However, the Obama Administration has recently delayed the employer mandate until 2015. According to the federal government, the employer mandate has been postponed because so many businesses complained about the reporting guidelines being too confusing to implement by the time January 1, 2014 came around. The Obama Administration claims that this will give them more time to improve and simplify the reporting guidelines. In addition, it will provide employers more time to adapt to the new reporting system and make coverage more accessible to full time employees. This delayed mandate is a relief to many businesses worrying about whether they would fall under the large business penalties.
It is still uncertain how the transition for the employer mandate will take place between 2014 and 2015. The new reporting system and guidelines have not yet been released but are expected to be revealed soon. However, it is important to note that the Individual Mandate is still in effect and will take place January 1, 2014 so every individual must purchase health insurance.