Legislation would restore full-time employment to 40 hours, exempt more businesses from health care mandates

Portman: "The last thing we want to do during an already weak economy is provide an incentive for employers to cut back on work.”
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Apr 5, 2014

As the economy struggles to create jobs, business owners and employees must confront the reality of President Obama’s health care law: more regulations and policies that are increasing costs and forcing businesses to either lay off workers or not hire new workers. Small businesses in particular must bear the brunt of some of the law’s policies.

This week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) joined with Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) to introduce legislation to provide relief for firms that are at the core of the American economy from the onerous federal overreaches in the health care law. The Small Business Fairness in Health Care Act, S.2205, would restore the definition of “full-time” work under the health care law to 40 hours a week and exempt more small businesses from the employer mandate.

“President Obama chose to delay the employer mandate of the health care law because it will be a burden on businesses and job creators. Rather than delaying its implementation for businesses, this law should be repealed for everyone,” Portman said. “Until then, I will fight to make sure that this onerous and complex law harms as few Ohioans as possible.  Our legislation today would ensure that more small businesses across Ohio are exempted from entering the costly health care exchanges that will stand in the way of them expanding and hiring more workers.  In addition, the bill would restore the traditional definition of full time work to 40 hours. When Obamacare redefined full time work as 30 hours per week, many small businesses reduced their employees’ hours and pay in an attempt to skirt the health care law’s onerous regulations.  The last thing we want to do during an already weak economy is provide an incentive for employers to cut back on work.”

The senators said the health care law is full of bad policies that are leading to countless unintended consequences, including fewer hours for employees and employers not hiring. These one-size-fits-all regulations are hitting workers in their pocketbooks and undercutting the country’s economic recovery, according to the senators.

Participation in the labor force is at the lowest point since 1979. Nearly 20 million workers are unemployed or cannot find the full-time employment they want. The number of long-term unemployed, those jobless for 27 weeks or more, has changed little, at 3.7 million, and account for 35.8 percent of the unemployed.

The senators’ legislation would provide greater clarity and flexibility for small businesses under health care law by repealing the 30 hours per week standard imposed by the health care law and replace it with a 40 hour per week standard for classifying “full-time equivalents.” The bill would also protect companies that have traditionally been counted as small businesses by expanding the scope of the exception in the employer mandate to account for any small business that is defined as a “small business concern” under the Small Business Act.

Portman is also a cosponsor of The Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2013 (S.1188), a bipartisan measure, introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), would change the definition of "full time" in Obamacare from 30 to 40 hours per week. 

Comments

Truth2u

Bad choice, let Obama and the liberals be accountable for their socialist anti work legislation.

Their argument STINKS, if they really believe this then why don't they suspend the 6.2% the employer has to pay into Social security for part time workers, or how about Medicares 4%? These guys are either ignorant of real business or pure politicians, I think both apply to them.

Bluto

Employers do not pay their employees Social Security , or Medicare . It is taken from the employees gross wages by the employer and given to the government .

Contango

Re: "Employers do not pay their employees Social Security , or Medicare ."

The employer portion of the FICA and Medicare payments are handled as business deductions.

Administrative costs get added to the cost of doing business.

The end user ultimately pays ALL taxes, e.g. consumers.

Employers could give all employees an instant raise if they didn't have deduct the FICA and Medicare scam employee contribution portion from their employees' wages.

Bluto

The price of doing business is that sometimes it takes money to make money .

Contango

Re: "money"

A medium of exchange; nothing more, nothing less.

Doesn't matter if it's Rubles, Shekels, Yuan, Yen or Dollars.

truckin

bluto, although contango put it in "reality check".
The employer does pay extra SSI along with the employee withhold portion. I believe it's 50/50.
Try being self employed.... It's a double whammy. Twice as much for ALL withholdings..
Just some years you do get complete breaks depending on how much reinvestment you do..
That is why the old story goes.."if you aren't growing, your going backwards"

propman

Bluto,
Have you heard of "employer copay"
If you take and add up all that is withheld from your check except for retirement and healthcare you would have a close idea to how much those copayments are on you.
It is a hidden tax on the worker since the amount is based on your hours worked and your pay rate.
YOU EARN THAT MONEY FOR THE COMPANY TO PAY THE TAX!

Dr. Information

More exemptions. Hummmmmmm, if this thing was so solid and doing so well as all the liberals claim, why the countless exemptions?

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swiss cheese kat

To keep the democratic voters voting democrat in the up coming elections. 65% of democrats regret voting for 0-bama in 2012. Its all to keep them voters happy.

former local

The law says they must offer employees insurance. Does it say there has to be an employer contribution? I don't know, I'm asking.

Contango

Re: "The law (snip)"

No law forcing employers to provide insurance.

The thinking is that many want to get out of the health care business, will dump their plans and throw ees. out onto the health care exchanges.

See:

http://www.businessweek.com/arti...