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Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois), last week introduced a bill that would change the standard for full-time employment from 30 hours to 40 hours, a move designed to address what is called "an unintended incentive created in Obamacare for employers to cut the hours of part-time employees."

The Forty Hours Is Full Time Act of 2013 is similar to a bill introduced in the US Senate by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana).

“Even with the Administration’s recent decision to delay the Obamacare employer mandate for one year, we already know some employers are preparing to meet the law’s guidelines by slashing workers’ hours and forcing them to work 29 hours a week or less," Lipinski said in a prepared statement. "This is reducing the take-home pay for millions of Americans at a time when they can least afford it. The Forty Hours Is Full Time Act keeps the usual 40 hour full-time work week in place without sacrificing the goal of providing affordable, quality healthcare to Americans.”

Supporters of Rep. Lipinski’s bill include the Food Marketing Institute, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the International Franchise Association, the National Restaurant Association and Dunkin' Brands.

FMI Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Jennifer Hatcher said, “Rep. Lipinski’s shared legislation ... demonstrates the growing bicameral and bipartisan consensus that the ACA’s 30-hours-per-week definition for full-time employees needs to be addressed in order for the law to be effective and to minimize the disruption to the American workforce."
KC's View:
I think it is typical when legislation is not in synch with the way the real world works, and so it is something of a relief - and a surprise - when a bill gets introduced that is designed to align legislation with reality.