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How would a 30-hour workweek impact restaurants?

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on legislation to change the health care law’s definition of “full-time” from 30 hours to 40 hours.

The Save American Workers Act, introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) has more than 200 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. The National Restaurant Association supports the legislation, as 30 hours a week does not reflect what restaurant operators use as full-time in their businesses.  

Tell Congress how a 30-hour workweek would change the way you do business.

While the impact of a 30-hour work week would vary among businesses, here’s what it will likely mean for many restaurants if Congress doesn’t pass legislation to change the health care law’s definition of full-time:

  • Loss of flexibility: Employees may lose the scheduling flexibility that drew them to work in the industry. Their schedules likely would be more rigid, and there likely would be fewer opportunities to earn more money by working more hours.
  • A radical departure from accepted practices. Forty hours has been almost universally accepted as a full-time workweek for generations. Such a drastic departure from accepted practices would force employers to make equally dramatic changes. The quality and volume of benefits they could offer employees could be reduced, and employees may be forced to pay more for employer-sponsored benefits.
  • Hard decisions. The health care law requires employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees to offer health insurance to all employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Many restaurant operators will be forced to make difficult decisions as their health care costs increase.

Even though the legislation has strong bipartisan support, it’s critical that restaurant operators contact Congress before Thursday’s vote to share their stories of how the health care law’s arbitrary redefinition of “full-time” will change the way they do business.

Share your story with Congress.

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