The RILA formed and led Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) Coalition highlights the importance of changing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of full-time as 30 hours of service to a definition more in line with employment practices in a comment letter sent to the House Ways & Means Committee today. The letter was submitted for the record ahead of the House Ways & Means Committee hearing on the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate’s definition of full-time employee on jobs and opportunities.
“It is critically important to the workforce the E-FLEX Coalition represents to change the law’s definition of full-time as 30 hours of service to a definition more in line with employment practices,” the letter states. The E-Flex Coalition represents employers who create millions of jobs each year, employ a significant workforce in the U.S., offer flexible working environments for employees, and are a leading contributor to the nation’s economic job recovery.
“The common thread among Coalition members is that our workforces are of a variable nature, and not traditional 9-5 schedule workforces. Maintaining the ability to offer affordable coverage options to our unique workforces under the new requirements of the law is of special concern to us,” the Coalition continues in the letter.
Members of the E-FLEX Coalition have taken a holistic view of the ACA, having recognized the employer requirements under the law are inextricably linked. Since its formation in 2011, the E-FLEX Coalition has engaged in a constructive dialogue with the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service, and the White House about the employer requirements under the ACA, including the determination of full-time employee status.
“We thank the Committee for its attention to this urgent issue. Now is the time for Congress to take bipartisan action to preserve jobs and help keep employer coverage,” the Coalition states in the letter. “The E-FLEX Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with the Committee and your colleagues in Congress to address the ACA definition of full-time employee.”
Read the full letter here.
The Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) is a coalition of leading trade associations and businesses in the retail, restaurant, supermarket, hospitality, construction, temporary staffing, and other service-related industries, as well as employer-sponsored plans insuring millions of American workers.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.