Senator Seeks Cosponsors for Bill to Modify Employer Obligations under the Affordable Care Act
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) recently introduced the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013” - S. 701 - that would change the definition of a full-time employee in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to those working 40 hours a week. Currently the ACA defines full-time as 30 hours a week. Starting in 2014, the ACA imposes a $2,000 employer penalty for each full-time employee — after the first 30 — where the business employs 50 or more full time equivalent employees, does not offer health insurance to all employees, and at least one of the employees qualifies for a federal subsidy to purchase health insurance.
Earlier this year, the Senate adopted an amendment to its budget resolution calling for a more reasonable definition of full-time employee in the ACA. S. 701 would be beneficial to home care agencies that are unable to provide health insurance and thus subject to the penalties. The 40 hour definition for a full-time employee would be more in-line with current employment practices, and would provide more leeway for home care providers who may be considering restricted working hours for