Sen. Tim Scott Introduces Amendment to Restore 40-Hour Work Week

By Susan Jones | January 9, 2014 | 10:55am EST

Rep. Tim Scott (R.-S.C.) (AP Photo)

( - Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Thursday filed an amendment to restore the 40-hour work week. The measure is attached to a bill extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, which the Senate is now considering.

“Obamacare will destroy the 40-hour work week as we know it,” Scott said.

The Affordable Care Act's employer mandate requires employers to provide insurance to full-time employees, defined as those working 30 or more hours a week. Scott’s amendment would change the definition of full-time employment under Obamacare to 40 hours a week.

Scott says the 30-hour defintion will prompt companies to scale back workers' hours: "When the employer mandate goes into effect next year, many Americans who are earning hourly wages to support their families will see a 25 percent cut in their pay as employers struggle with the massive new costs forced on them by the federal government. Thanks to Obamacare, not only will these workers not have health insurance, but they will no longer have full-time jobs," he said in a statement.

“I’ve heard from several employers and workers in South Carolina, representing institutions as large as Clemson University and as small as a local surf shop, who are suffering the consequences of the 30-hour definition. Obamacare is bad for employees, bad for families, and bad for businesses.

"While the negative effects of the law are seemingly countless, restoring the 40-hour requirement will help to soften the blow on American workers and keep their full-time jobs in place.”

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