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Important Compliance Info for NYC Employers

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The NYC Transit Ordinance, Intro 295-A is a transit benefit ordinance requiring New York City employers with 20 or more full-time employees to offer pre-tax transit benefits. Intro 295-A was signed into law by Mayor De Blasio on October 20, 2014. The Ordinance aims to encourage the use of New York City public transportation by making it more affordable.

Who is considered a full-time employee?
Employees working an average of 30 hours or more per week.

When will this go into effect?
The NYC Transit Ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2016. However, companies will have a 6-month grace period to get in compliance. Any company that doesn't comply by July 1, 2016, will be subject to a civil penalty. If found in violation of the ordinance, employers will have 90 days to get in compliance before any penalties are imposed.

What is the penalty for failing to comply?
First violation penalties will range between $100 and $250. Any subsequent violations will cost $250.

Employers have 90 days to fix violations before penalties are imposed...
If you are fined for failing to comply with the NYC Ordinance, you will have 90 days to get in compliance in order to avoid the penalty. Any company that doesn't get in compliance during the 90-day violation window will be charged with a "subsequent" violation and will have to pay an additional $250 penalty every 30 days until compliance is completed.

The Ordinance is easy to comply with...
Just offer your employees one of our commuter benefits programs! We have several completely customizable programs guaranteed to fit your needs and budget.

Contact us today to get started!