NAIFA Supports House Bill for a 40-Hour Workweek

The House of Representatives yesterday voted to change a provision in the Affordable Care Act so that a full-time workweek would be defined as 40 hours rather than 30. The ACA this year requires businesses with 100 or more employees to offer health insurance to 70 percent of their full-time workforce.
 
Changing the definition from full-time to 40 hours per week from 30 would ease the burden on businesses and minimize the disruption to the American workforce. It would also discourage employers from cutting workers’ schedules to below 30 hours a week to avoid the mandate.
 
“The workweek for a full-time employee has traditionally been 40 hours,” said NAIFA President Juli McNeely. “Changing that standard in the Affordable Care Act is harmful to employers and could cause some workers to see their hours substantially reduced. NAIFA applauds the House for voting to reform this part of the ACA, and we urge the Senate to take similar action.” 
 
The Senate has not yet voted on the bill. President Obama has said he will veto the measure if it reaches his desk, though NAIFA and other advocates hope he will change his mind.
 


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