NATSO joined a broad group of industry associations representing a cross-section of the U.S. economy in urging Congress to act quickly on legislation that would redefine full-time employment to 40 hours per week under the Affordable Care Act.
In letters sent to House and Senate Leaders Jan. 6, the More Time for Full-Time Coalition, of which NATSO is a member, urged Congress to work in a bipartisan way to restore the traditional definition of full-time employment by changing the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour-per-week definition.
”If this is not addressed soon, our country will experience significant workforce disruptions and individuals as well as companies will lose valued workforce flexibility,” the coalition wrote.
Employees nationwide are losing wages and workable hours as the 30-hour definition forces employers to restructure their workforce and reduce employee hours to alleviate the burden of compliance, the coalition said.
Returning the definition of full-time to 40 hours per week would provide employees with more hours and additional income while helping employers to focus on growing their business and creating jobs.
NATSO joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Franchise Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Grocers Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the National Association of Convenience Stores among others in signing the letter.
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