February 3, 2014 – ARLINGTON, VA – Food Marketing Institute (FMI) supports the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee mark-up of H.R. 2575 to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to align the definition of a “full-time employee” with practical business standards. FMI Director of Government Relations Robert Rosado released the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s markup:

“FMI applauds the consideration of H.R. 2575, Save American Workers Act, as positive action towards raising the ACA’s 30-hours-per-week definition. FMI strongly supports this legislation, as well the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act, H.R. 2988 and S. 1188, respectively, and other efforts by Congress to address the ACA’s full-time employee definition this year.

“Food retailers and wholesalers employ 3.5 million full-time, part-time and seasonal workers—many operating under fluctuating work schedules in order to meet employee needs and varying consumer demand. FMI appreciates the committee’s consideration of H.R. 2575, which minimizes disruptions to flexible-hour work environments and allows FMI retailers and wholesalers to maintain the quality and affordability of the health coverage offered to their employees under the ACA.”

FMI will issue a statement immediately following the 10:15 a.m. markup.

For Media (available upon request):
• FMI Letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman
• E-FLEX Coalition’s letter to the Ways and Means Committee Chairman and Ranking Member