Save American Workers Act Of 2015

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On January 6th, 2015 the U.S. Senate introduced a bill titled, “Forty Hours Is Full Time Act”. The corollary House of Representatives (H.R.) Bill titled, “Save American Workers Act of 2015” is summarized in the following (United States Senate Bill [S.30], 2015) : The S.30 bill would rectify the Internal Revenue Code to revise the meaning of what a "full-time employee" potentially be defined as, a direction for the employers’ to mandate obligating them to support the minimum required health care coverage from the provisions set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Starting with a laborer who is hired on average of at least 30 hours of duty a week, to a laborer who is working typically at least 40 hours of duty a week.…show more content…
The Republicans are to a great extent, in favor of this bill and view this as a protection mechanism for individuals as employers would not have an incentive to cut back on hours worked by employees (Nix, 2015). Republicans believe that a higher, 40 hour work week threshold protects employees from having their weekly hours cut to evade the health care coverage requirement, notwithstanding, that is thinking backwards (Rosenthal, 2015). When the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, became a law, one of the requirements of that law was that large employers (Obamacare, 2015) i.e., an employer with fifty or greater employees must provide health care for their employees or face penalties (in year 2016 that penalty will be $3,000 per full time employee). In addition, individuals not covered by an employer provided health plan must pay for their own health insurance (HealthCare, 2015), or they will be penalized financially. As stated in (HealthCare, 2015), the penalty is calculated two different ways – as a percentage of your household income, and per person. You’ll pay whichever is higher. Percentage of income: 2.5% of household income Maximum: Total yearly premium for the national average price of a Bronze plan sold through the Marketplace. Per person: $695 per adult $347.50 per child under 18 Maximum: $2,085 In the nursing profession, especially when working in a hospital, it is not uncommon to have 12-hour nursing shifts,
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