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Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:31 AM

Retail groups urge 40-hour full-time definition in ACA

Several retail groups, including Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association, this week renewed their calls for changes in the definition of “full time” for the purposes of the Affordable Care Act.

Their calls came as the House Ways & Means Committee was scheduled to discuss the matter Tuesday. The ACA originally set a 30-hour-per-week threshold for workers to be considered full-time — and therefore offered health insurance — but retailers are pushing for a definition that is “more in line with employment practices,” FMI said in a letter to the committee.

“The law’s definition of full-time as 30 hours of service per week does not reflect employers’ workforce needs or employees’ desire for flexible hours,” the letter stated.

Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA, noted, "The ACA's definition of a full-time employee at only 30 hours per week will have an enormous impact on the independent grocery industry, which creates over 944,000 direct jobs. It is critical for Congress to work together and pass legislation to amend this section of the ACA before its impact is felt by both employers and employees across the country."


Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/laws-amp-regulations/retail-groups-urge-40-hour-full-time-definition-aca#ixzz2rsOBLnzJ

The italics are mine, but looks to be a "charming" attempt to chip away at the ACA's protection. As there are fewer and fewer full time 40 hour jobs in Retail. All an employer has to do is schedule someone up to 39 hours and bingo no insurance costs for them.


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Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:51 AM

1. I agree


Leave it at 30 hrs per week.

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Sun Feb 2, 2014, 02:49 PM

2. I suppose the idea is it's easier for them to find ...

 

I suppose the idea is it's easier for them to find people willing to work 39 hours a week (and buy their own insurance) than 29 hours a week?

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