(CNSNews.com) – A little-known section in the ObamaCare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the ObamaCare rule that says businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine.
“The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week,” section 1513 of the law reads. (Scroll down to section 4, paragraph A.)
That section, known as the employer mandate, requires any business with 50 or more full-time employees to provide at least the minimum level of government-defined health coverage to those employees. ..............
Obamacare Mandate: Anyone Who Works 30-Hour Week Is Now 'Full-Time'
Originally posted by Hefficide
Most entry level, non skilled jobs are already prone to hiring only part time, or through temp agencies ( to avoid having to provide benefits ). So what's new?
As far as the analysis of this law and the idea that it will "force" businesses to hire only less than thirty hour per week employees... Isn't that logic not unlike the abusive husband saying "Quit making me beat you up!"? Nobody is forcing businesses to take the cheap way out. It's their own greed doing it.
Top 10 U.S. states with full-time employees:
1. Oregon (86.1%)
2. West Virginia (83.7%)
3. Georgia (83.6%)
4. Maryland (83.5%)
5. Virginia (83.4%)
5. Arkansas (83.4%)
7. Oklahoma (83.2%)
7. Texas (83.2%)
9. Delaware (83.1%)
10. New Jersey (83%)
U.S. states with most part-time, full-time employees
Top 10 U.S. states with part-time employees:
1. Michigan (24.9% of employed)
2. Rhode Island (24.4%)
3. Maine (24%)
4. Vermont (23.9%)
5. Utah (23.8%)
6. Idaho (23.5%)
6. Massachusetts (23.5%)
8. Minnesota (23.2%)
9. Washington (23%)
10. Wisconsin (22.8%)
Originally posted by Evil_Santa
reply to post by xuenchen
How unique - Romney and Ryan's home states are both on your list of part-time workers...
"Putting America back to work, 29 hours at a time," should have been their slogan.
Originally posted by Destinyone
Obamacare needs to be scrapped. Let the insurance companies compete for our business. Those with the lower rates, will have the most business....
Originally posted by texasgirl
Wait...I thought everyone received benefits, whether full-time or part-time, if the company has more than 50 employees. Am I wrong? (Affordable Healthcare Act, starting in 2014)edit on 22-10-2012 by texasgirl because: Clarified statement
(a) Large employers not offering health coverage
(1) any applicable large employer fails to offer to its full-time employees (and their dependents) the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage under an eligible employer-sponsored plan (as defined in section 5000A (f)(2)) for any month, and
(2) at least one full-time employee of the applicable large employer has been certified to the employer under section 1411 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as having enrolled for such month in a qualified health plan with respect to which an applicable premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction is allowed or paid with respect to the employee,
then there is hereby imposed on the employer an assessable payment equal to the product of the applicable payment amount and the number of individuals employed by the employer as full-time employees during such month.
(2) Applicable large employer
(A) In general
The term “applicable large employer” means, with respect to a calendar year, an employer who employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year.
(B) Exemption for certain employers
(i) In general An employer shall not be considered to employ more than 50 full-time employees if—
(I) the employer’s workforce exceeds 50 full-time employees for 120 days or fewer during the calendar year, and
(II) the employees in excess of 50 employed during such 120-day period were seasonal workers.
(4) Full-time employee
(A) In general
The term “full-time employee” means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week.
Originally posted by ganjoa
This isn't anything new. I haven't worked a job (full time or otherwise) in 11 years - but back at the turn of this century it was the same: under 30 hours a week = no healthcare benefits. Many fast food and retailers try to keep their work force under 30 hours a week so as to avoid paying for healthcare benefits.