Food Marketing Institute (FMI) commends the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s approval today 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 following the committee markup:

“FMI applauds the Ways and Means Committee’s approval of H.R. 2575, Save American Workers Act, and we hope to continue broadening support to raise the ACA’s 30-hours-per-week definition as this legislation moves forward. FMI strongly supports this legislation, as well as 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 approval of H.R. 2575 because it 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.”

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