Under the ACA, a full-time employee is defined as an individual who works an average of at least 30 hours per week.
Sens. Collins and Donnelly introduced the Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013, which would change the definition of “full time” in the ACA to 40 hours per week and the number of hours counted toward a “full-time equivalent” employee to 174 hours per month.
As they work together on the 40 Hours legislation, Collins and Donnelly are also asking President Barack Obama to provide transition relief for employers.
They co-authored a letter to the president strongly urging his administration to work with the employer community to provide transition flexibility beyond Jan. 1, 2014, free from the threat of penalty.