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  • Save American Workers Act of 2015

    by Representative Erik Paulsen

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    PAULSEN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding.

    Mr. Speaker, in 1938, it was Franklin Roosevelt who signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing full-time work as 40 hours, so for more than 70 years, that has been the accepted definition for government, for corporations, for small business; but in 2010, the President's health care law threw 70 years of precedent completely out the window.

    This new 30-hour rule is forcing companies to scale back hours, with more part-time jobs and less full-time jobs, so now, many employees that were working full time--good full-time jobs--have seen their paychecks cut up to 25 percent.

    One study recently found that regulations in the President's new health care law, like the 30-hour rule, are reducing small business wages to workers every year by $22 billion and that employment in small businesses has been reduced by 350,000 jobs.

    Mr. Speaker, Americans want more full-time opportunities, and they should get to choose to pursue those opportunities, not have their employers force to reduce them to part-time work. America's workers deserve better.

    Mr. Speaker, I insert in the Record a letter from The Associated General [[Page H129]] Contractors of America supporting this legislation by Mr. Young.

    The Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA, January 7, 2015.

    Re support H.R 30, The Saving American Workers Act of 2015.

    Hon. Todd Young, House of Representatives, Washington, DC.

    Dear Representative Young: On behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), I am writing in support of the Saving American Workers Act of 2015, H.R. 30. The bill would repeal the 30-hour definition of ``full-time employment'' in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by replacing it with the more traditional 40-hour definition.

    The construction industry is typically project-based, transitory and seasonal, which distinguishes it from other professional industries with more predictable hours. As a result, many construction employers rely on part-time, seasonal and variable-hour employees. In addition, the construction industry consists of many smaller employers with limited human resource and administrative staff. These two issues alone add layers of difficulty for a construction firm that is required to use the complex formulas in the ACA to determine whether or not it is considered a large employer under the law.

    Despite prior delay of the reporting and enforcement provisions of the ACA, the law continues to be an administrative burden for employers. Replacing the definition of a full-time employee to the more commonly accepted 40 hours per week will, at the very least, reduce some of the complexity associated with the ACA.

    AGC hopes you will support H.R. 30 and provide some relief for construction employers across the country.

    Sincerely, Jeffrey D. Shoaf, Senior Executive Director, Government Affairs.

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