Washington, DC- On Thursday, Congressman Buck McKeon voted for H.R. 2575 – the Save American Workers Act of 2014. Currently, under the employee mandate of Obamacare, the definition of a full-time employee is an employee working 30 or more hours per week. This legislation would change the definition of a full time employee to an employee working 40 or more hours per week. Congressman McKeon is a Co-Sponsor of this bill.
The employer mandate of Obamacare requires employers to offer the opportunity to enroll in a joint health insurance plan to employees if the business has 50 or more full-time (at 30 hours per week) equivalent employees or else pay a penalty. The employer mandate was to take effect in 2014 until the Obama administration issued a delay. The employer mandate is now scheduled to take effect in 2015 for employers with 100 or more full-time employees and in 2016 for employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates Obamacare will reduce the work-hours of U.S. workers by the equivalent of about 2 million full-time jobs
“The job and wage killing employer mandate is one of the most dangerous provisions of Obamacare and the resulting 30 hour work week is one of the most harmful unintended consequences,” said Congressman McKeon. “After 5 years of dismal economic recovery, stagnant wages and record unemployment, the Obama Administration has issued another blow to millions of individuals and families already struggling to make ends meet by effectively declaring the end to the 40 hour work week. Millions of part-time and hourly workers are now seeing their hours cut from 40 to below 30. These Americans are already living paycheck to paycheck and this Obamacare mandate will now force upwards of an additional 25% slash to their wages. In the midst of the bleak economic times already inflicted on the American economy by this Administration’s disastrous policies, the end of the 40 hour work week is pain our workers can’t bear.”