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House Passes Rep. Young’s Bill Redefining Full-Time Workers

Young's legislation would allow companies to hire part-time employees that work up to 39 hours per week without providing them health care coverage.

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Photo: Todd Young's Office

Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., says the requirement that companies provide health insurance for anyone who works more than 30 hours per week is bad for business.

The House of Representatives passed legislation authored by Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., on Thursday.

The bill, entitled the Save The American Workers Act, would change the Affordable Care Act definition of a full-time work week from 30 hours to 40 hours.

Doing so would enable companies to have part time employees that work up to 39 hours per week without providing them health care coverage.

“By simply repealing this provision and restoring the traditional 40-hour work week, we can help make an America that works,” Young said on the House floor Wednesday.

The measure passed with a 248-179 vote in the House.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., has filed similar legislation in the Senate.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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  • Julie

    How is it a good decision to reduce the number of people with access to health care coverage? I do not want to live in a society where fewer and fewer people live without the health care they need to protect themselves and our community.

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