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How many hours is the full-time workweek? Not 30.

Thirty hours a week doesn’t work for restaurants, their employees, or the hundreds of thousands of businesses that are being forced to make hard decisions to comply with the health care law’s arbitrary redefinition of the full-time workweek.

That’s the reality that the More Time for Full Time initiative hopes to drive home to Congress. The initiative, a collaboration among business groups, was formed to urge Congress to change the health care law’s definition of “full time” to the traditional 40 hours a week. The organizations taking part in the initiative are united by their belief that aligning the health care law’s definition of full-time employee with the traditional 40-hour definition would benefit employees through more hours and income and allow employers to focus on growing their businesses and creating jobs rather than restructuring their workforce.

The National Restaurant Association is a leader of the effort, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the International Franchise Association, the American Rental Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the National Grocers Association, and the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Without a change in the law, employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees—using 30 hours a week as the baseline for determining who is full time—may have to significantly limit scheduling flexibility for their employees and eliminate the aspect of restaurant employment that has driven millions to work in the industry.

Find out why a 30-hour workweek is bad for workers.

The More Time for Full Time initiative released a video that outlines the negative effects of the 30-hour mandate:

“The restaurant and foodservice industries are attractive to millions of Americans looking for flexible work schedules,” said NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney. “As the current health care law stands, the artificially low bright line of 30 hours as full time, forces employers to limit that flexibility, stifling opportunity for expansion and job creation to the detriment of our workforce. Raising the law’s definition of full-time employee status to more traditional standard operating practices will alleviate the burden placed on restaurant operators. They can then continue to provide flexibility to their employees, grow their businesses and continue to be job creators.”

Tell Congress that a 30-hour workweek doesn’t work!

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