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The Hill reports that the GOP-controlled House of Representatives plans to vote Thursday on legislation that "would alter the definition of full-time work under ObamaCare from 30 to 40 hours ... Proponents say the 30-hour requirement creates an incentive for companies to reduce part-time workers' hours to under that limit, rather than the 40 hours traditionally considered full time. Companies that employ 50 or more full-time workers are required under the law to offer those employees health insurance."

Changing the definition of full-time employment in Obamacare is said to be a top Republican priority, which is probably why the White House has said that President Obama will veto the bill if it arrives on his desk.

Leslie G. Sarasin, president/CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), said that the trade association supported the change in definition: “The food retail industry is known to be a labor-intensive enterprise that offers employment opportunities for workers spanning a range of ages, educational levels and skill sets. We strongly support efforts in Congress to restore the definition of a full-time grocery employee to one whose workweek is comprised of a level of hours significantly above 30 hours per week in order to offer employers and their associates the flexibility needed to meet their mutual goals."
KC's View:
I'm not sure what would possess someone to define a full-time job as 30 hours a week. It seems to me that in the modern economy, full-time means anywhere from 40-50 hours. Maybe more ... because that's what it takes to be successful.