Bill would define full-time as 40 hours under health care law

Bill would define full-time as 40 hours under health care law

The Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013 was introduced in July by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Donnelley (D-Ind.). The bill would change the definition of a full-time employee from 30 hours to 40 (or 174 hours a month for full-time equivalents) under the Affordable Health law, so employers would have to provide insurance to fewer workers.

The law requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees or equivalents to provide them with health insurance or pay a fine. As has been well publicized, employers are cutting staff hours in response. A study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center found that at least 2.3 million workers are at risk of reduced hours because of the law.

The bill could be among the first legislative efforts on the health care law to be bipartisan if it succeeds as the Republican and Democrat sponsors intend.

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