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National Restaurant Association Urges House Ways and Means Committee to Move Forward on Definition of Full-Time LegislationMonika
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 4, 2014
National Restaurant Association Urges House Ways and Means Committee to Move Forward on Definition of Full-Time Legislation
(Washington D.C.)- The National Restaurant Association (NRA) today thanked House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp for considering H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act of 2013, and urged the committee to move forward on legislation that focuses on increasing the definition of a full-time employee under the health care law.
Congressman Todd Young’s legislation would raise the definition of a full-time employee from 30 hours per week under ACA to reflect a more traditional model aligned with the restaurant and foodservice industry’s existing workforce patterns. The 30 hour full-time definition has been of great concern to the restaurant industry, as it will likely impact scheduling flexibility that draws many employees to the industry.
In a letter to Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin, the NRA reiterated the challenges restaurants will face if the definition of a full-time work week remains at 30 hours.
“Using a definition of full time that better reflects current employment practices would not cause employees to lose coverage. In fact, setting the definition of full-time employee status at a higher level would help increase earnings and eliminate a coverage gap for lower income employees in some states and make it easier for employees in these states to qualify for help getting coverage,” wrote Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the NRA.
“One reason so many Americans are drawn to restaurant and foodservice industry jobs is the flexibility to change hours to suit your own personal needs. However, under this law, there is now a bright line as to who is considered fulltime and who is considered part-time. As a result, employers with variable workforces and flexible scheduling must alter their current practices and be very deliberate about scheduling hours going forward,” DeFife continued.
A full version of NRA’s letter can be read here
Additionally, the NRA co-led Employers for Flexibility in Health Care Coalition (E-FLEX), a group of trade associations and businesses in the restaurant, retail, hospitality, supermarket, construction, temporary staffing and other service-related industries, and the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care, consisting of 150 various trade organizations representing small businesses across the United States, also voiced their support for moving the
Save American Workers Act forward. A copy of their letters can be found here:E-FLEX Letter to House Ways and Means Committee