LaMalfa Joins Vote to Redefine Full-Time Employees
By David Smith
Posted Jan. 13, 2015 @ 9:18 am
Siskiyou County’s Congressional representative Doug LaMalfa voted recently to alter the requirement that employees working 30 hours per week be provided with health insurance by their employers.
LaMalfa joined 239 other House Republicans and 12 Democrats in passing House Resolution 30, titled the “Save American Workers Act of 2015.”
The bill itself would make changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in order to reduce employers’ obligation to provide health insurance to employees considered by law to be “full time” employees.
Specifically, the law would change the code to define full-time employees as those who work, on average, 40 hours per week. Currently, the IRC defines full-time employees as those who work 30 or more hours per week.
According to a press release from LaMalfa’s office, the move is actually targeting the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers provide full-time employees with health insurance.
The House Republican alleges that the current 30 hour benchmark is “incentivizing businesses to hire workers at only 29 hours and disproportionately harming low-income workers.”
LaMalfa argues in the press release, “This common sense legislation removes one of the many regulatory burdens included in the President’s health care law, one that destroys jobs, slashes paychecks, and leaves Americans with greater uncertainty.”
He also goes on to state that his ultimate goal is the repeal of the ACA.
The bill does not state whether or not employers will be allowed to hire workers at 39 or fewer hours to avoid the health insurance mandate.
HR 30 was received by the Senate on Jan. 9.