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  • Thank Congress for Passing the "Save American Workers Act."

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation that reinstates the traditional definition of full-time employment as it relates to the Affordable Care Act from the arbitrary 30 hours to the more commonplace 40 hours. Now it's time for the Senate to act! 

    Click the take action button below and thank Congress for supporting the H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act. Taking action will also send a letter to both of your senators, urging them to consider similar bipartisan legislation, S. 1188, the Forty Hours is Full-time Act of 2013.

    In less than 8 months, unless limited transition relief applies, “large” employers will be required to comply with key elements of the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps the health care law’s most visible change will be its treatment of employees who work 30 hours a week as “full-time.” Employers across the country will be forced to accept this arbitrary definition, despite an almost universally accepted definition of a 40-hour week as full-time.

    What does this mean for restaurants?
    Those with 50 or more full-time employee equivalents (FTEs) will have to offer health insurance to all employees who work at least 30 hours per week, or pay penalties (In 2015, transition relief has been provided from those with 50-99 FTEs, if certain conditions are met). It also means that employers and employees will lose the scheduling flexibility that attracts millions to the industry. Because of the high costs of health insurance, many employers will have no choice but to control labor costs and stretch their benefits dollar over a larger group of employees.

    The good news: 
    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act and now awaits U.S. Senate action. As we prepare for this important vote, now is the time to take action and urge your Senators to support worker flexibility. 

    Congress is listening and your voice does make a difference.Take Action
  • Tell Your Senators To Oppose A Minimum Wage Increase

    Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced S. 1737 and H.R. 1010, the “Minimum Wage Fairness Act,” which would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provide for future annual minimum wage increases tied to inflation. The legislation would also raise the cash wage for tipped employees to 70 percent of the federal minimum wage.

    In November, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737 (Sen. Harkin), which was modeled on legislation introduced earlier in 2013 (S. 460), was sent directly to the Senate floor. It is expected to come up for a vote in early April 2014. 

    The National Restaurant Association has been actively engaged in combating these efforts to increase the federal minimum wage. 

    As small businesses across the country struggle for survival in a difficult economic climate with an ever-growing list of mandated government costs and regulations, misguided legislation such as the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” will negatively impact labor and operating costs for business large and small. This legislation will reduce the number of jobs that are created in the restaurant industry, and slow the rate of growth of our economy. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that a mandatory increase to $10.10 would come at the cost of 500,000 jobs over the next few years, a significant concern as the economy struggles to recover from recession. 

    Take action now and tell Congress to stop attacking small business!

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