The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today issued the following statement in response to House passage of the Save American Workers Act of 2015, H.R. 30:
"Retailers have voluntarily offered healthcare coverage to their employees and their families for decades and restoring the historic 40-hour work week threshold is critical to allowing them to continue to offer this coverage," said Christine Pollack, vice president of government affairs at RILA. "The Save American Workers Act protects American jobs and retailers urge the Senate to follow the lead of the House and pass the Forty Hours is Full Time Act."
Background and Letters of Support:
Most retailers traditionally used an hourly or salaried workforce designation, not full-time or part-time, which reflected an employees' desire for flexible hours and a manager's need to staff up a store during busy times. The ACA's definition of full-time as 30 hours of service per week fundamentally limits the flexibility of staffing from both the employee and store manager standpoint.
Raising the full-time definition in the ACA back to the common standard among the business community will make it easier for businesses to provide more hours to all employees; thereby increasing employees' take home pay. This change will also provide retailers the opportunity to offer more generous health coverage to full-time employees without making premiums prohibitive and help ensure other employees still have access to affordable coverage options.
RILA letter in support of the Save American Workers Act
RILA letter in support of the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act