Change in ACA 40 hr work week definition will impact nurses
A recent message from ANA to members alerted us to the negative impact the ACA planned change to define the 40 hour work week may have on certain nurses. While NPs generalky work way more than 40 hours as full time employees, it can impact us as well. All recall the orgin of the 32 hr or 3 X 12 hr shift plan years ago to keep facilities staffed and nurses liked that schedule-so did managers who had less headaches trying to fill 3 rotating shifts. That worked!
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Save American Workers Act of 2015, H.R. 30 which would change the current definition of full-time work under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), raising it to 40 hours per week from the current definition of 30 hours.
The legislation is now in the Senate and we need your help! Would this law affect you? We need your stories so we can demonstrate the negative impact this bill would have on nurses.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing this bill because the legislation would 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. Typically, RNs who work in a hospital setting work a three day, 12 hour shift, 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.
We want to hear from you! Contact ANA Government Affairs Team if this impacts you!