On January 8, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 252-172(all voting Republicans plus 12 Democrats) to pass the SaveAmerican Workers Act (H.R. 30), a piece of legislation designed torepeal the Affordable Care Act's 30-hour definition of full-timeemployment and replace it with a 40-hour standard.

The number of full-time workers on an employer's payroll isimportant, since the ACA requires employers to offer healthinsurance benefits if they have 100 or more full-time employees asof January 1, 2015, and 50 or more full-time employees as ofJanuary 1, 2016.

Rep. Todd Young (R-Indiana), who sponsored the legislation, andhis over 150 co-sponsors, believe that the ACA's 30-hour definitionof full-time employment will cause employers to reduce the numberof hours many of their employees work, or even cut jobs, in orderto avoid the current ACA requirements, resulting in hardships onthese employees. That is, employers are likely to convert some ormany of their full-time workers to part-time (29 hours or less)status.

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