National Grocers Association (NGA) member Steven Hermann, VP of Paul’s Supermarkets based in Eldon, Mo., testified this week before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology at a hearing titled “The Effects of the Health Law’s Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Business.” Hermann’s testimony, on behalf of NGA, focused specifically on the impact that the healthcare law’s definition of full-time, which is set at only 30 hours average per week per month, has on independent grocers.
“At Paul’s Supermarket we have long felt that our associates are like our family, which is why we are proud to offer a wide range of great benefits to our full-time associates, including funding 100 percent of the associate’s healthcare premium after the deductible is met,” Hermann said. “Unfortunately, defining a full-time employee at only 30 hours per week will force many companies to re-think how we hire and schedule new associates. Not only is the law redefining what it means to be a full-time worker in this country, but it’s permanently changing the American workforce.”
NGA supports amending the definition of a full-time employee under the law and continues to urge Congress to pass S. 1188, Forty Hours is Full-Time Act; H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act; and H.R. 2988, the Forty Hours is Full-Time Act.
Hermann’s testimony on behalf of NGA and additional information on the hearing can be found here.