Collins fights for 40 hour work week
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) recently made an editorial push for her proposed legislation that would promote a 40 hour work week. Collins said in an August column that the Affordable Health Care Act deters economic growth and discourages small businesses from creating jobs. She also said the law provides incentives for businesses to cut the number of hours that their employees can work. The ACA also penalizes businesses with 50 or more full-time employees if health care benefits are not provided. "These enormous penalties are a real threat to employers who want to add jobs," Collins said. "They are a powerful incentive for employers to refrain from hiring additional workers. Even worse, under Obamacare, anyone working an average of just 30 hours a week is considered 'full-time.'" Collins and Sen. Joe Donnelly (R-Ind.) introduced a bill in June that would alter the definition of "full-time employee" in the ACA from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. "If its definition of a full-time worker as someone who works only 30 hours a week is allowed to go into effect, millions of American workers could find their hours, and their earnings, reduced," Collins said. "This simply doesn't make sense." A recent report released by the Labor Center at the University of California-Berkeley revealed that 10 million Americans are at risk of having their work hours reduced as a direct result of the ACA. The study found the employees most vulnerable are ones with lower incomes.