WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today cosponsored the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, S. (30), which restores the traditional definition of “full-time employee” to a 40-hour work week under the Affordable Care Act. She released the following statement:

“Obamacare continues to inflict financial pain on families and businesses throughout our nation. The law’s 30-hour work week definition has resulted in fewer hours, loss of healthcare coverage, reduced wages for workers and stunted growth for businesses. It’s time that we remove these hurdles for American workers and businesses.”      

The Affordable Care Act redefined “full time employee” as those who work 30 hours per week, potentially subjecting businesses to the federal employer mandate. As a result, businesses have reduced employer hours and cut back on expanding to avoid the law’s costly requirements.

The Forty Hours is Full Time Act restores the traditional 40-hour work week definition of a full-time employee to restore lost hours and wages for workers and their families, and reduce the law’s financial hardships on businesses, allowing for greater growth and job creation. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Donnelly (D-Ind.). Similar legislation passed the House in April of 2014, but was stalled in the Senate. 

For more information, read Sen. Collins’ release HERE.