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Bill to Change ACA Definition of Full-time Worker to 40 Hours (currently 30 hours) Approved

As reported by BenefitsPro, the Save American Workers Act bill was passed by the members of the House Ways and Means Committee. This Act would change the Affordable Care Act (ACA) definition of a full-time employee from those who work 30 hours or more per week, to 40 hours or more per week.

Under ACA, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees must provide a minimum level of health coverage if one or more workers apply for coverage from the health exchange. Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., the sponsor, said the 30-hour limit is encouraging many employers to limit hours to avoid penalties. While Democrats on the committee said the bill would gut the coverage mandate by letting employers classify workers who work as many as 39 hours per week as part-time workers.

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