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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) said yesterday that they have sent letters to members of the US House of Representatives Ways and means Committee supporting an amendment to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, that would redefine "full-time employee" as one who works 40 hours a week, not 30 hours.

In its letter, FMI said that "it is critically important to change the law’s definition of full-time as 30 hours of service to a definition more in line with employment practices. The law’s definition of full-time as 30 hours of service per week does not reflect employers’ workforce needs or employees’ desire for flexible hours. This change is needed to avoid disruptions in the workforce and maintain flexible work options for employees."

And NGA said that "the ACA's definition of a full-time employee at only 30 hours per week will have an enormous impact on the independent grocery industry, which creates over 944,000 direct jobs. It is critical for Congress to work together and pass legislation to amend this section of the ACA before its impact is felt by both employers and employees across the country."
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