House Approves 40-Hour Workweek for Affordable Care Act

Filed in Advocacy by on January 9, 2015 0 Comments

178187613By a vote of 252 to 172, the House on Jan. 8 approved H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015. The NAHB-supported measure would restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment in the Affordable Care Act. Currently, the health care law defines 30 hours of service as full-time.

In a letter to lawmakers in support of this measure, NAHB said that restoring the conventional 40-hour definition of full-time employment would “provide greater certainty to small employers, which in turn would provide for greater flexibility for planning and future growth.”

The law’s definition stipulating that 30 hours constitutes a full-time work week does not reflect employers’ workforce needs or employees’ desire for flexible hours, the letter said. “The new definitions could set a dangerous precedent for redefining full-time status in the future,” NAHB told lawmakers.

NAHB also made it clear to members of Congress that the association remains strongly opposed to the employer mandate included in the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated that the Senate will consider the House bill.

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