NATO Urges Redefinition of 40 Hour Work Week Under ACA

| April 4, 2014

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April 1, 2014

Source: NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is asking its members and members of other trade groups such as NAC to contact their lawmakers regarding this important issue.

Click here to tell Congress to redefine full-time employment as the traditional 40-hour work week under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The letter to lawmakers found at the hyperlink can be edited, and NATO encourages you to do so. To send, simply enter your zip code to identify your Member of Congress, provide your contact information, and click the “Send Message” button. The letter is already customized to reflect whether your lawmaker is a current cosponsor of H.R. 2575.

The House is expected to begin debate on H.R. 2575 tomorrow, April 2, 2014, with a possible vote shortly thereafter. This important legislation would repeal the ACA’s 30-hour per week full-time employee definition and replace it with a 40-hour per week full-time employee definition.

Beginning next year, the law requires businesses with 100 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) workers to offer affordable health insurance to full-time employees and their dependents or face significant penalties. Businesses with 50 or more FTEs must do the same beginning in 2016. While business have traditionally used a 40-hour work week as America’s full-time standard, the ACA defines full-time as an average of 30-hours of service per week, or 130-hours of service per month.

Despite the delay of the employer mandate requirement for some businesses, employers must begin closely tracking employee hours and making complicated administrative calculations this year, as business size calculations are based on an employer’s workforce during the preceding calendar year. Without H.R. 2575, exhibitors will see increased administrative expenses and disruption of their traditional business schedule.

Act now to encourage your Member of Congress to vote “yes” when the bill is brought to the House floor this week.

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