House Republicans voted to pass H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, in a mostly party-line vote yesterday.
The “Save American Workers Act” sounds harmless enough, but the GOP’s idea of saving workers is making it harder for them to qualify for benefits.
The bill would eliminate language in ObamaCare that defines a full-time employee as anyone working 30 or more hours a week, and insert a 40-hour requirement. Republicans say that language creates an incentive for companies to reduce people’s hours to 29 or less, since that move would reduce the number of full-time employees on staff.
If a company is willing to avoid offering benefits to employees by assigning them 29 hours of work rather than 30, nothing will stop them from assigning 39 hours of work rather than 40.
The result is the same, however this will hurt a significant number of works who would otherwise receive benefits for working at least 30 hours.
The employer mandate is not currently in effect so anyone who is currently screwing their employees is doing so under false pretense. House Republicans have essentially legislated a lie that will make managers and executes feel justified for their actions.