Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairwoman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with three of her colleagues Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AR), introduced legislation to cancel the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 30 hour definition of full-time work and return the U.S. to the more universally accepted standard of 40 hours a week.
At her press conference this week Senator Collins said, “The ACA law creates a perverse incentive for businesses to cut their employees’ hours so they are no longer considered “full time.” Our concerns are not hypothetical; more than 450 employers have already cut work hours or staffing levels in response to the law as of September 2013. Employees of for-profit businesses are not the only ones who are threatened by this illogical definition of full-time work. In Maine, I have heard from organizations like home care agencies, hospitals, and school departments. Our goal is simple. We want to protect part-time workers from having their hours reduced and their paychecks cut because of the definition in this law.”