Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill to redefine what it means to be a full-time employee under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The measure, if enacted, would protect a greater number of employers from fiscal penalties imposed by the law as now written.

The legislation, the Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013, was introduced by Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, and would change the PPACA's definition of full-time employees to those working an average of 40 hours per week, or 174 hours per month.

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