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Bay Area Commuter Benefits

Bay Area Commuter Benefits

By September 30, 2014, Bay Area employers with 50 or more employees (excluding seasonal/temporary employees) must comply with the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (CBP). CBP requires covered employers without an existing and compliant commuter benefit plan to:

  • Select a commuter benefit option for the company. Employers can choose from a wide range of plans, including pre-tax withholding of commuting costs, employer-paid monthly subsidies, employer-provided transit, or a pre-approved alternative.
  • Notify employees about the new commuter benefit program and how to participate. Eligible employees have performed 20 hours of work per week within the previous month, in a defined Bay Area district, excluding seasonal/ temporary employees. Notice must be provided to covered employees when the benefit is first made available, and once per year thereafter. Notice must also be given as part of the new employee benefits package.
  • Register with the CBP, online.

Employers who fail to comply with these new Bay Area Commuter Benefits requirements will be subject to civil penalties up to $1,000 per day.

There is more great information for employers at 511.org, including a webinar coming up on July 29th.

And remember, we are here to help! Please contact us with your questions or concerns.



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