This bill would modify the tax code with respect to the employer mandate to provide healthcare coverage to define a “full-time employee” as an employee who works at least 40 hours per week on average. The Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) redefined a full-time employee as working at least 30 per week on average, and employers are mandated to offer health insurance to such workers.
What is Senate Bill S. 1782?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1782
In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced this bill to help employees who’ve had their hours cut because of Obamacare’s employer mandate, which requires businesses to offer insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours per week:
“Our legislation is very straightforward and would remedy a serious flaw in the Affordable Care Act that is causing workers to have their hours reduced and their pay cut. The law creates a perverse incentive for businesses to cut their employees’ hours so they are no longer considered ‘full time.’ Our concerns are not hypothetical: thousands of employers across our country are cutting work hours or staffing levels as a result of the law.”
Lead cosponsor Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) added:
“I have heard from part-time workers across many industries, like school cafeteria managers to grocery store employees to adjunct professors at colleges, that have seen their hours cut to comply with the health care law. In Indiana, common sense holds that a full-time employee is someone who works an average of 40 hours a week, and the health care law should reflect that.”
This legislation has the support of two cosponsors in the Senate, with Donnelly being joined by his colleague and fellow Hoosier Sen. Todd Young (R-IN).
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Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2017
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Committee on FinanceIntroducedSeptember 7th, 2017
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