House Committee Advances Bills Addressing Definition of Full-Time Employee under ACA

On February 4 the House Ways and Means Committee approved two bills that address the definition of “full-time employee” under the Affordable Care Act.  Under the healthcare law’s employer responsibility requirements – commonly known as the “pay-or-play” provisions – an employer with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees will be required to provide health insurance that meets certain ACA standards to  their full-time employees starting in 2015, or pay a penalty.  The ACA considers a worker “full time” if he or she works 30 hours or more per week, as opposed to the customary 40 hours used in other employment statutes and regulations. Continue reading this entry at Littler's DC Employment Law Update.

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