Businesses of this size account for more than 42 million jobs and employ 25% of all Americans, the release says.
"This research clearly confirms what the anecdotal stories have already conveyed. Small-business owners are already cutting full-time jobs and reducing hours for many of their employees due to the ACA," IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. "This research should serve as a major red flag to Congress and the administration that unless there is a statutory change to the definition of a full-time employee in the ACA, there will be fewer full-time jobs, more part-time workers and fewer overall hours available for Americans to work as business owners adjust their workforce to comply with the law."
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have expressed concern over the effects of the heath care law on their businesses.
The franchise trade association and the U.S. Chamber are working toward what they see as a solution: changing the definition of full-time employees under the health care law to 40 hours a week from 30 hours a week.
The two organizations support bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) titled the Forty Hours is Full-Time Act of 2013, which would change the definition of "full-time" in the law to 40 hours per week and the number of hours counted toward a "full-time equivalent" employee to 174 hours per month as well as other sponsored House bills with similar goals. The Web site
was created to generate support for the bills.
-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.