For reasons that have nothing to do with the health or well-being of American workers, the Affordable Care Act has reduced the length of the work week to less than 30 hours from the traditional 40 hours for many employees. The abrupt change will – and, in fact, already has begun to – hurt American families.
The ACA requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance to their full-time workers or face fines of up to $3,000 per employee. Full-time employees are defined in the law as people who work 30 hours or more a week, not the standard 40 hours.
As a result, I don’t have much choice as a business owner but to reconsider my plans moving forward. I’m very proud of my employees, and although I do not employ 50 workers at the moment, my goal is to expand and grow my business beyond the 50 employee threshold. Sadly, with the current definition of full-time employment being 30 hours, I may be forced to reevaluate my goals for expansion.
Luckily, a bipartisan solution is in the works. The Save American Workers Act has already been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and is awaiting action in the Senate. President Obama should sign that bill into law.