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Rep. Tom Reed Co-Sponsors Bill Defending Employee Hours and Wages

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Washington, DC, July 2, 2013 | comments

Saying Obamacare already takes too much from employees, Rep. Tom is co-sponsoring the “Save American Workers (SAW) Act” to repeal the 30-hour definition of a “full-time employee” under Obamacare and restore the traditional 40-hour definition to protect employee hours and wages.

“American workers, especially hourly workers, can’t afford the Administration taking more of their hours and wages from them,” Reed said. “While our economy continues to struggle, Obamacare continues to take from employees. This bill stands up for employees and defends the traditional 40-hour full-time definition.”

For the first time in history, Obamacare defined a full-time employee as working 30 hours per week, as opposed to the 40-hour work week that has been widely accepted for decades. “This redefinition will cause small businesses to completely restructure their workforce and force them to reduce hours, resulting in employees losing their full-time wages. We need to be fair to hourly workers and protect their hours and wages.”

Another provision under Obamacare, the employer mandate, dictates that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees are subject to additional health care costs. As a result, many small business owners are reducing full-time employees to part-time or holding off hiring to avoid higher costs.

“The consequences of this mandate are hurting employees all across our country in fewer hours and smaller paychecks,” Reed continued. “Obamacare proponents said the law would create jobs but with bad policies like the employer mandate and a 30-hour work week, we’re seeing the exact opposite. Employees need to be able to care for themselves and their families and the President’s health care law does not help them do that.”

With three months until open enrollment in Obamacare begins, many employers and employees are finding themselves scrambling to figure out how the law will impact their operations. “This was one of the prominent topics at our recent Small Business Advisory Board meeting. Employers are struggling with the reality that many will have to cut hours or cut employees altogether to comply with the President’s health care law. The more steps we can take to ease the burden, the better.”


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