For the first time in history, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) defined an employee working 30 hours a week as a full-time employee in 2010.
Since then, pro-business advocates have coalesced in order to reestablish the 40-hour work week under the Affordable Care Act. Simply put, lowering this threshold by any number of hours will create considerable uncertainty in the workplace. Employers and employees have come to depend on the 40-hour work week as the traditional standard to calculate full-time status; as a result, a mandatory change in this formula will make it difficult for employers to maintain a consistent workforce or hire new employees.
AAHOA, in tandem with the More Time for Full Time coalition, supports the 40 Hours is Full Time Act of 2015, or S. 30. Sponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), this bill would solidify 40 hours as the threshold for full-time employment in order to ensure certainty for American employers and employees.
Take action today and urge your Senator to support this important initiative!