(Washington, D.C.)  -- Representative Charlie Dent applauded the passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015. The bill passed the House by a vote of 252 to 172.

H.R. 30 repeals the healthcare law definition of a full time employee as someone who only works 30 hours a week and puts 40 hours in place as the standard for a full time employee.

The healthcare law states that employers with more than 50 full-time workers must provide health insurance to those workers or be fined at a rate of $2,000 for each worker they fail to cover. The law defines full-time as an employee who works at least 30 hours per week.

“Everyone knows that a full time employee works at least 40 hours per week,” said Dent. “That has been the standard definition in the American workplace for decades. In order to increase the number of Americans impacted by the health care law, the President redefined the definition of full-time. However, far from helping, the 30 hour provision in the healthcare law has had the effect of cutting the hours and wages of working Americans,” he added.

Nationwide, as many as 2.6 million workers could find their hours cut because of this provision. The loss in wages could be substantial, on the order of 25 percent.

“We’ve already seen the negative impact of the 30 hour provision in the 15th District,” Dent said. “We’ve seen school districts cutting the hours of lunch workers below 30 hours to avoid the financial burden of the regulation and local businesses deciding that it wouldn’t make economic sense to grow and hire more workers above a certain level because of the penalties contained in the healthcare law,” added the Representative.

Dent has repeatedly called for the repeal of the 30 hour definition. In the 113th Congress he supported H.R. 2575 containing the same language and H.R. 30. 

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NOTES: Read testimony of Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University submitted to House Ways and Means Committee on January 28, 2014. http://tinyurl.com/m6d6auf

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