Recently, legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate that would change the definition of a full-time employee from an average of 30 hours per work to 40 hours per week. Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the house version, H.R. 2575, and a companion bill, S. 1188, was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
Under the ACA, employers must provide health insurance coverage to full-time employees and their dependents or face significant penalties. The House bill, entitled the Save American Workers Act, was introduced with 113 co-sponsors including the Chairman of both the Ways & Means and Education & Workforce Committees. IFA worked to draft the legislation with Rep. Young’s staff and secured a majority of the original co-sponsors for the introduction of H.R. 2575. Passage of this legislation is a priority for IFA and we will continue to lobby and educate both sides of the aisle on the need for this change.