Workers who thought their employers might be incentivized to provide health care coverage by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are out of luck if a bill that just passed the House (248-179) makes it any further.
The ACA imposes penalties on larger employers that do not offer affordable, adequate health care coverage to employees who work 30 hours a week or more.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that set into law a guaranteed minimum wage, established the 40-hour workweek and overtime pay for more than 40 hours, outlawed child labor and set other important employment standards.
Later this morning, the Obama White House will host a celebration of the FLSA with Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with workers. The event will be live-streamed beginning at 11 a.m. EDT at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Republicans in Congress have renewed their decades-old attack on the 40-hour workweek. Once again, they are pushing so-called “comp time” legislation that would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work.