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40 Hours is Full Time
Weigh in with lawmakers on the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full time

How many hours are in a full-time work week? Everyone, except the authors of the federal health care reform, knows the answer is "40."
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to provide a qualifying health care plan for their full-time employees, and defines "full-time" as 30 hours per week. Starting this year, employers of 100 or more full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees will owe a penalty of $2000 to $3000 for each "full-time" employee to whom they do not offer the health benefit. Beginning in 2016, this mandate will apply to employers of 50 or more FTE employees.

This mandate is causing hardships for employers and employees alike, in the foodservice industry. Employers can't afford the massive penalties, so they may feel they need to cut hours for non-exempt employees to get them below 30 hours per week. Those employees now have smaller paychecks because they are working fewer hours, and many of them didn't want the benefit, anyway. They would prefer a bigger paycheck.

Click HERE to send a message to your two U.S. Senators, Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. Let them know that we can make the ACA better for everyone by changing full-time to 40 hours.

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