The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on April 3 that would raise the definition of full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to 40 hours per week.
H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, restores a standard of full-time employment that is more closely aligned with traditional standards used throughout the U.S. floriculture industry.
The bill passed by a vote of 248 to 179, with 18 Democrats joining with Republicans to vote in favor of the bill.
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Members of the Society of American Florists lobbied in support of this legislation, both at the association’s 34th annual Congressional Action Days in March and with a flurry of grassroots letters to Congress. In fact, a letter from Carol Tyler, a florist from the 23rd district in N.Y. state was read on the house floor by Rep. Tom Reed (R-23-NY).
SAF is on the steering committee for both the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care coalition and the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care. E-FLEX and SBCAH both had letters that were submitted for the record by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), and SAF was a signatory organization on both.