|By Daniel Suddeath, The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Beginning next year, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must offer health coverage or they will be penalized. The employer mandate was slated to begin this year but in July President
The 30-hour a week standard for full-time employment has caused concern among Republicans and some Democrats in
Young, a Republican, introduced the Save American Workers Act in June that called for the repeal of the 30-hour definition of full-time employment and to replace it with a 40-hour standard.
The measure has yet to be passed by
"We were promised this bill would create jobs, and evidence that the opposite is happening is apparent every day," Young said last summer. "Repealing this definition [of full-time employment] and restoring it to the historical norm ensures this bill not only protects working poor and middle class employees, it also ensures that laws governing employment are consistent."
Donnelly, a Democrat, has sponsored a similar measure in the
In a November letter to the
"Effective health care reform should expand access to coverage, while not inhibiting economic growth," the letter stated.
The Senators went on to state that millions of employees could have their hours cut as a result of the full-time employment definition of 30 hours.
Donnelly also sponsored a bill in December to clarify that volunteer emergency service workers wouldn't be counted as full-time employees for the purposes of health coverage.
The U.S. Treasury announced in January that volunteer firefighters and emergency responders would be equally protected under the ACA, therefore the legislation didn't move forward.
The issue has also been prominent locally.
The employer mandate hearing will be held on Tuesday. Rep.
"Many of these people have either lost or risk losing their full-time status and are being held back through no fault of their own but instead by a misguided law," Camp stated in a release issued Wednesday.
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