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ACA: House bill defines full-time work as 40 hours per week

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Legislation passed April 3 by the House of Representatives defines a full-time job as averaging 40 hours per week, up from 30 hours specified in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Backers of the Save American Workers Act—mostly Republicans—say the current 30-hour threshold will encourage employers to cut worker hours, turning full-timers into part-timers to dodge the ACA’s employer mandate. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R–Ill., who co-sponsored the bill, said it “will protect hard-working Americans from losing hours and wages” because of the ACA.

The Capitol Hill handicappers at govtrack.us give the bill a 14% chance of being enacted this year.

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