The Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is now the law of the land and affects every Christian school and their sponsoring churches. No ministry is exempt. The issue facing each school is how the law will affect their operation, what the cost of implementation and compliance will be and what changes the school must make to avoid the penalties and fines imposed for failure to comply. The greatest danger facing most schools is failure to understand this complex and far-reaching law and not responding proactively to meet its requirements. ACA creates a host of legal and financial dangers for the unwary and uninformed that could result in six figures fines. As of January 2015, all of the law’s provisions are now in force and require compliance, except for a few transition rules for certain employers.
Since 2010, SBACS has been offering sessions on the Affordable Care Act during our annual fall Business Administrators' Roundtable to help member schools prepare for implementation. Martin Boelens, J.D., the presenter of these sessions has read the entire 2,700 page law and extensively researched its implications for nonprofit Christian ministries like schools and churches. After hearing Mr. Boelen’s presentations at the Business Administrators' Roundtable over the last several years, Dr. Sonny Sherrill, Superintendent at North Raleigh Christian Academy, asked him to expand the sessions into a full day workshop in Raleigh and invited schools in the region to hear the presentation. On January 27,, 2015, The Affordable Care Act and Christian Schools Workshop will be hosted by North Raleigh Christian Academy.
As a service to our schools, Martin has allowed SBACS to post his presentations here free of charge for your use and study.
Affordable Care Act and Christian Schools Workshop
In order to comply with ACA you will need to determine the number of employees your school has. It is important not to confuse independent contractors with employees. Deciding this is not simply a matter of your opinion or decision, but rather a matter of law and rules. These links will help you in determining if someone is an employee vs a self-employed contractor, but to be certain, you should consult your school’s accountant, attorney or other professional for an opinion from them you can rely upon.
This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is presented with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. The IRS continues to issue regulations on ACA. This information is not comprehensive and could become inaccurate. You are urged to consult legal & other professional counsel as you deem appropriate.
Question: What trait do highly successful businesses and highly effective Christian schools have in common?
Answer: Both invest significantly, continuously and aggressively in leadership training and development. Even when financial times are tough, they find a way to invest in advanced training for their leaders, because they know that their company or school can only be as effective as its leaders.
SBACS wants your school to be more effective for the Kingdom so we have provided a grant for SBACS member schools to help send their leaders to the Kingdom School Institute (KSi). How do you get financial help for your school? It’s as simple as 1…2!
Your school can receive up to $600 to help your leaders attend KSi this summer. Use the funds for registration, lodging and/or travel expenses for your leaders to attend.
Are you a bold witness in your school? Do you know your rights as a Christian and all the totally legal and permissible ways you can stand up for Jesus?
Every day, 55 million American school children and their teachers show up for school. Nearly nine out of ten of those children attend a public school. And thanks to the ACLU and other anti-Christian organizations, those children and teachers enter a setting that has been systematically stripped of every vestige of Christianity.
But there is one enduring remnant of Christianity even the ACLU cannot remove – the Christian students and teachers themselves!
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE IN THE DARKNESS
The Liberty Counsel, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) and the Florida Baptist Convention have partnered to offer a 4-hour workshop to equip teachers, administrators, coaches, students and parents with knowledge about their rights and privileges in the public schools.
You’ll receive key information from constitutional attorneys and Christian educators, plus hear from Frank Lay, Principal of Pace High School in Milton, Florida, who stood up for his faith and has been through the ACLU meat grinder…and prevailed!