Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Votes For Save American Workers Act

Jan 8, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted today to pass H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. The bill passed the House today with bipartisan support. Cook was an original co-sponsor of the bill.

The bill repeals the 30-hour definition of full-time employment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restores the traditional 40-hour definition.  Under current law, those employees who work 30 hours or more per week are considered full-time employees and companies must shoulder the burden of providing health benefits to them.  

In addition to the administrative complexities for employers who must invest resources to determine if the law applies to them, this provision of ACA provides them with strong economic incentives to cut costs by shifting workers to fewer hours.

Cook said, “Obamacare has created many regulations that hurt small business and American workers. The thirty hour work week puts more than 2.6 million Americans are at risk of losing jobs and hours. This bill is a commonsense fix which will restore the definition of the full time work week to 40 hours, giving flexibility to both businesses and employees.”