The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HBA-supported legislation, the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 30), which would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” and restore the traditional 40-hour workweek.

Restoring the conventional 40-hour definition of full-time employment would provide greater certainty to small employers, which in turn would provide for greater flexibility for planning and future growth. The ACA’s definition stipulating that 30 hours constitutes a full-time work week does not reflect employers’ workforce needs or employees’ desire for flexible hours.

Builders looking to expand their businesses may be deterred from growing and refrain from hiring additional employees. The new definitions could also set a dangerous precedent for redefining full-time status in the future.