On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) sent a letter to Senator Joe Donnelly (D, Indiana) that voices the Chamber’s support for the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013.” The Act would redefine full-time employment for the purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) so that full-time employment would be considered forty hours per week. The PPACA’s current definition of full-time employment is thirty hours per week. In the letter, the Chamber suggests that a forty hour per week definition of full-time employment would fall into line with the definition used by employers for decades and would remove a substantial impediment to business growth.
The Chamber’s letter can be found here.
A blog that discusses Senator Donnelly’s introduction of the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act” and that also discusses Representative Luke Messer’s (R, Indiana) independent efforts to reform the PPACA can be found here.