Proposed Legislation may affect employee benefits!
The House of Representatives recently passed the Save American Workers Act of 2015, H.R. 30 and now the Senate is considering the Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2015, S.30. The American Nurses Association sent letters to the House and Senate opposing this bill because the legislation could negatively impact those in jobs where full-time work involves less than 40 hours per week. This would include the 1.69 million RNs and APRNs who are employed by general medical and surgical hospitals, other specialty hospitals, and psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals. It is common for both RNs and APRNs who work in a hospital setting to work three days , 12 hour shifts, with a workweek of 36 hours. If enacted, employers subject to the employer mandate would no longer be required to offer health insurance benefits to those working the regularly scheduled 36 hour workweek.
The legislation has passed the House and is now in the Senate. We need stories so we can demonstrate the negative impact of this bill. Follow RN Action on Facebook for updates on this legislation and share this link with others if they would like to share their story!