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Employer Groups Launch Campaign to Change 30-Hour Workweek Under ACA

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Employer Groups Launch Campaign to Change 30-Hour Workweek Under ACA

September 26, 2014

A coalition of employer groups have launched an initiative called "More Time for Full-Time" with the goal of ultimately changing the definition of a full-time employee that is contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA requires employers that have more than 50 full time employees (or equivalent) to offer affordable health care coverage. For ACA purposes, an employee is full time if he or she works at least 30 hours per week. The group would like to see that definition changed to a 40 hour workweek, which would bring it in line with other federal law that defines a standard workweek as 40 hours. The group says that the 30 hour definition is harmful to workers because many employers will have to cut worker hours in order to comply with the law, as providing the required level of coverage will be too costly. 

The House has approved legislation that would redefine the workweek for ACA purposes as a 40 hour week, but similar legislation has not been approved in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office scored the legislation at $74 billion over ten years, and found it would reduce the number of people receiving employer-based coverage by approximately 1 million people. 

Source: Inside Health Policy