photo credit: Eric B. Walker via photopin cc

photo credit: Eric B. Walker via photopin cc

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives took the first steps toward re-establishing 40 hours as the standard threshold to determine fulltime employment when by a roll call vote of 248 – 179, they passed HR 2575, the Save American Workers Act of 2014.  Simply put, the bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), to redefine “full-time employee,” for purposes of the mandate requiring employers to provide health care coverage for their employees, as an employee who is employed on average at least 40 hours of service a week (currently, at least 30 hours of service a week). Although this vote is an important and encouraging one, the Act will be sent to the US Senate, where there is currently little chance of it being seriously considered, let alone approved.