Citing problems with the Affordable Care Act, Joe Donnelly and three other U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would define 40 hours a week as full-time employment under the ACA.
Currently a person who works 30 hours a week is classified as full-time under the ACA and the employer must provide health insurance.
Donnelly, along with Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are co-sponsoring a bill to change that back to 40.
In a news release issued today, Donnelly said some employers are making decisions to cut employees’ hours due to how the health care law defines a “full-time employee” – as someone who works an average of 30 hours per week.
He noted employers are making the law’s 30-hour standard a part of their business planning, and as a result more than 450 employers nationwide, including 100 school districts, have already chosen to cut their workers’ hours to 29 hours a week or fewer.
Donnelly spoke with Indy Politics today, as well as with several other news organizations across Indiana in a conference call. You can hear the conversation below. It runs 12 minutes.