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senate Bill S. 1782

Should a "Full-Time Employee" be Defined as Working 40 Hours Per Week Under Obamacare’s Employer Mandate?

Argument in favor

Common sense holds that a full-time employee is someone who works at least 40 hours per week, and Obamacare’s employer mandate to provide health insurance should reflect that so part-time workers don’t have their hours cut below the current 30 hour threshold.

operaman's Opinion
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09/19/2017
If Obama touched the 40 work place standard and he did, then Yea on “full-time employee” as an employee who works at least 40 hours per week on average. Obama would have liked even less hours in his push towards "Obamaism," his brand of Socialism. Our snowflakes should be able to observe Venezuela for the modern benefits of Socialism. I do however, have reservations about the sponsor's intentions.
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Kim's Opinion
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09/19/2017
The standard until Obama bastardized health care and wage law was 40 hours was a full time position. Leave it there.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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09/19/2017
The full-time employee regulation has been 40hrs/week for a long time. The only reason this is being brought up is because President Obama created this problem by trying to create universal healthcare and killed the job market regulations. Leave it where it should be, otherwise we'll end up like France.
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Argument opposed

The Affordable Care Act was wise to redefine “full-time employee” as someone who works at least 30 hours per week, and Congress shouldn’t reverse that change as it could lead to fewer employees being offered health insurance by their employer.

Aiesha 's Opinion
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09/19/2017
Im a full time 35 hour employee. It would be unfair to categorize me as other than full time based solely on a 40 hour minimum. This is a shameful way to edge people out of coverage eligibility.
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Jonathan's Opinion
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09/19/2017
Then everyone will be assigned to work 39. Fight for Medicare for All so Americans can enjoy the same peace of mind you have. We’re not asking for free healthcare, we just want in to your deal.
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Leo's Opinion
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09/19/2017
A 9-5 job minus a lunch break is 35 hours. Aren't those employees full time?
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      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedSeptember 7th, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. 1782?

This bill would modify the tax code with respect to the employer mandate to provide healthcare coverage to define a “full-time employee” as an employee who works at least 40 hours per week on average. The Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) redefined a full-time employee as working at least 30 per week on average, and employers are mandated to offer health insurance to such workers.

Impact

Employees and employers; and the IRS.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1782

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced this bill to help employees who’ve had their hours cut because of Obamacare’s employer mandate, which requires businesses to offer insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours per week:

“Our legislation is very straightforward and would remedy a serious flaw in the Affordable Care Act that is causing workers to have their hours reduced and their pay cut. The law creates a perverse incentive for businesses to cut their employees’ hours so they are no longer considered ‘full time.’ Our concerns are not hypothetical: thousands of employers across our country are cutting work hours or staffing levels as a result of the law.”

Lead cosponsor Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) added:

“I have heard from part-time workers across many industries, like school cafeteria managers to grocery store employees to adjunct professors at colleges, that have seen their hours cut to comply with the health care law. In Indiana, common sense holds that a full-time employee is someone who works an average of 40 hours a week, and the health care law should reflect that.”

This legislation has the support of two cosponsors in the Senate, with Donnelly being joined by his colleague and fellow Hoosier Sen. Todd Young (R-IN).


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    If Obama touched the 40 work place standard and he did, then Yea on “full-time employee” as an employee who works at least 40 hours per week on average. Obama would have liked even less hours in his push towards "Obamaism," his brand of Socialism. Our snowflakes should be able to observe Venezuela for the modern benefits of Socialism. I do however, have reservations about the sponsor's intentions.
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    Im a full time 35 hour employee. It would be unfair to categorize me as other than full time based solely on a 40 hour minimum. This is a shameful way to edge people out of coverage eligibility.
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    Then everyone will be assigned to work 39. Fight for Medicare for All so Americans can enjoy the same peace of mind you have. We’re not asking for free healthcare, we just want in to your deal.
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    A 9-5 job minus a lunch break is 35 hours. Aren't those employees full time?
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    This is just another attempt to make sure fewer people have insurance. Don't mess with this. It's fine as it is.
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    The world is moving to a lower full time number of higher quality labor. Not to mention the fact that basing anything on 40 hours has simply created a mass of cheaters who schedule 39 hour weeks.
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    Another feeble attempt to subvert healthcare for employees. When are employers going to learn that healthcare is in their interest as well as the employees.
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    Another attempt to keep people from health insurance. Many full time employees work only 37.5 hours per week. Vote no.
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    No. This is a shameful way to edge hard-working citizens out of coverage eligibility.
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    What determines whether an employee is full-time or part-time? How many hours per week do you need to work to be considered full-time? In the United States, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not prescribe any legal guidelines that dictate whether or not a worker is a full-time employee. The determination of what constitutes full-time employment depends on the company's policy and practice of defining full-time employees with the exception of designations under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). How many hours a week are you expected to work if you are a full-time employee? Even though many people consider 35 or 40 hours a week full time, the number of hours you are expected to work can vary depending on your employer. In some cases, it's less, for other employers, it can be more. The standard for full-time employment was typically 40 hours a week in the past. However, many employers now consider employees as full-time when they work fewer hours i.e. over 30 hours, 35 hours, or 37.5 hours. Because there are no laws regulating full-time employment for compensation and benefits purposes, the organization determines how many hours per week are considered full-time. Company policy determines the hours that employees are expected to work.
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    As Americans work harder and harder for less and less, this is just another ploy to deny us of healthcare. Notice the trend of employers capping hours just where it prevents employees from having benefits with the exception of a few who wisely know that healthy employees who feel respected and cared for work even better and are more loyal than those who are ill or resentful. The attempts to harm Americans are never ending and shocking. No – 40 hours is not the only full-time standard. How interesting that privileged people who have never worked keep proposing bills to harm hard-working Americans. This is a very bad idea. Medicare for all would solve all of these issues.
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    I am okay with any employee being on the exchange. Part-time, full-time, unemployed. And if an employee doesn't need to be covered by an employers plan, they should get a rebate from the employer.
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    Full-time does not mean 40 hours a week, and whether or not it is categorized as full time should not indicate if a person is privileged enough to receive basic healthcare at a reasonable, government-mandated price.
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    I recommend 25 hrs a week.
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    The standard until Obama bastardized health care and wage law was 40 hours was a full time position. Leave it there.
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    No, that just leaves a lovely loophole for companies like Walmart that deliberately hire workers at part-time status to avoid providing benefits to their workers.
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    It should be 30 hours because hours are being cut for employees everywhere. We can't keep forcing our citizens into further austerity.
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    The full-time employee regulation has been 40hrs/week for a long time. The only reason this is being brought up is because President Obama created this problem by trying to create universal healthcare and killed the job market regulations. Leave it where it should be, otherwise we'll end up like France.
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    It has been 40 hours forever, leave well enough alone. Move on.
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    We gave up company retirement for a 401k, which is really a 201k and no safeguards. They are cutting healthcare benefits. Now the GOP / republicans want to go backwards on hours work. Welcome to the working poor slave labor for all! People should be ask why they don't have the same retirement, benefits healthcare and hours. Corporations like it when you condemn others for what they have and not for what you should be getting! Your dollar is worth less on the open market, but your stock is worth more, cost of good and living is up, it's not even a break even at best!
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