The International Franchise Association has released an informational pamphlet to help employers educate their workers on their obligations and options with the Affordable Care Act ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline.

On Oct. 1, employers will be required to notify their employees about the healthcare marketplace.

The new guide, "Take Care," available in English and Spanish, answers the most commonly asked questions franchise employees have about the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release.

"It is designed to provide employers a turnkey way to educate their workers," said Steve Caldeira, IFA president and CEO. "While the pamphlet is not a substitute for the lawfully required Fair Labor Standards Act notice, it is an easy and affordable way for employers to make their workers aware of their obligations and options as this complex new law begins to take effect."

The pamphlet breaks down options for obtaining coverage and provides information on topics such as affordability, staying on a parent's plan and what happens if someone chooses not to purchase coverage. Each question and answer is followed by a link to more information at Healthcare.gov, along with a QR code for scanning.

The pamphlet is available to download for free at makingsenseofhealthcare.org, along with other compliance resources. IFA launched MakingSenseofHealthCare.org in February as an online resource to educate the franchising community about the law.

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