Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16) today released the below statement after voting in favor of H.R. 30, the Save the American Workers Act. This legislation replaces the 30-hour definition of full-time employment outlined in the president’s health care law with a more traditionally recognized 40-hour definition.
“As I meet with small businesses and their employees in Ohio’s 16th District, I continue to hear about the employer mandate’s negative impact. Whether it’s a small business owner who cannot afford to hire and expand or an employee whose hours were reduced in order to comply with the burdensome provision, the employer mandate is bad for business, bad for American workers, and bad for our economy.
“Though I urge a full repeal of the employer mandate and do not believe that the government should be in the business of defining full-time employment, I am committed to reducing the harmful effects of this broken law. That is why I supported the Save the American Workers Act. The 40-hour definition will provide relief to small businesses and their employees in the short-term, but ultimately we must fully repeal the destructive employer mandate provision.”