Mar 31, 2015 - 1:30pm

Health Care Without the 40-hour Workweek Comes at a Cost

The ripple effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) redefining full-time employment as 30 hours per week – not 40 – is already adding up.

Due to rising costs, many employers working to comply with this new definition under the employer mandate have already had to restructure their workforces. This means that employers are not able to focus on growth and employees must struggle with fewer hours and lower wages.

The groups of workers most at risk for lost hours and wages due to this new definition are those without a college degree, those between the ages of 19 and 34, and women. And the restaurant and retail industries, which use a large number of part-time and flex workers, are most at risk for both employer and employee disruptions.

So, what is the answer to these many unintended consequences? Aligning the ACA’s definition of full-time employment with the traditional 40-hour work week would provide financial relief and stability to both employers and employees. Urge Congress to act now on this critical issue at

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