Industry News | January 28, 2014

NRF Urges Congress to Modify Provisions of ACA

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National Retail Federation (NRF) vice president and employee benefits policy counsel Neil Trautwein testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the impact of the Affordable Care Act, reiterating the retail industry’s strong support for modifying the health care law’s employer mandate and 30-hour requirement for coverage.

“Many retail and restaurant employees do not fit neatly into full- and part-time categories, and compliance with the unprecedented levels of change under the ACA will be particularly challenging,” Trautwein testified.

According to the NRF, the health care law is especially burdensome for small employers who cannot afford the sophisticated and expensive strategies needed to fully comply with the law’s multitude of mandates, requirements, and penalties.

“The law that reforms health care coverage should not advantage larger employers to the detriment of smaller ones,” Trautwein said.

Although NRF opposed the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, it has worked closely with Congress, the administration, and its diverse membership of retailers and chain restaurants to make the law more workable for employers and employees.

“Given the complexity of requirements under the ACA, we strongly urge this committee and Congress to consider specific changes to the ACA, including the definition of full-time employment,” Trautwein said. “NRF stands ready to help the administration and Congress make the ACA more workable, so long as it remains the law of this land.”

NRF supports specific, common-sense reforms to the health care law, including bipartisan legislation aimed at repealing the employer mandate, changing the law’s definition of a full-time employee to 40-hours a week, and increasing the coverage requirement from 50 employees to 100.