Congress To Vote This Week On Changing ACA Definition of Full Time Employee From 30 to 40 Hours

January 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Republican legislators have promised a vote this week on changing the ACA definition of a full time employee from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. The legislation has bipartisan support in the Senate, is expected to easily pass the House, and likely faces a veto if it reaches President Obama’s desk. Last year a similar bill was introduced by Senators Collins (Me.-R) and Donnelly (In-D) but the Democratic leadership at the time never scheduled it for a vote.

As of January 1, 2015, under the ACA, employers with 100 or more “full time employees” must offer health insurance to any employee who, on average, are expected to work more than 30 hours a week. Employers with between 50 – 99 employees are required to offer health insurance to anyone working 30 hours or more a week, starting in 2016. The Republican bill would raise the 30 hour threshold to 40 hours a week.

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