The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is the most scandal law in the United States. Some sharp questions have been answered and settled, but every day new questions still arise. According to this act, every company with more than 50 employees has to pay for the workers’ insurance. This can lead volunteer firefighters’ company to close, even though the volunteers are employed. The USA contains about 1 million fire departments, and volunteers work for almost 90 per cent of them. Such fire departments can run out of money, but the Administration of the President hasn’t given any comments yet. Since there is a very slight distinction between employee and volunteer, the IRS and Department of Labor argue about who is supposed to pay for these people’ insurance.
Volunteer is someone who works less than 30 hours per week, and employee works more than 30 hours per week. How are they supposed to count firefighter’s hours at work? Only when they are on call, fighting the fire? Or when they have trainings in the firehouse? This is still an open question.
But if you prove that your firefighters are employees, the company will still lose money, because if there are only 30 workers in the company, the company will have to pay $2000 per year for every employee’s insurance.