House Passes 40-Hour Bill

    The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the “Save American Workers Act of 2015,” sponsored by Rep. Todd Young and Rep. Dan Lipinski. According to AH&LA, this legislation addresses a flaw in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restores the definition of full-time employment back to the 40-hours per week, which the American workforce has utilized for decades.

    “Changing the Affordable Care Act definition of a full-time employee back to the traditional 40 hours is a crucial adjustment needed to ensure the law is made more workable for hoteliers—many of whom are small businesses—and more importantly their hard-working employees,” said AH&LA President and CEO Katherine Lugar. “The health care law’s existing— and arbitrary—30-hour definition severely restricts the scheduling flexibility so valuable to our industry’s workforce. In many instances, these employees may end up taking a second job in order to make up the income shortfall caused by fewer working hours.”

    Just this week, Senators Susan Collins and Joe Donnelly introduced the bipartisan Forty Hours is Full Time Act in the Senate.