Final regulations from the Service spell out various rules, such as methods for firms to figure if their variable-hour workers or seasonal employees are full time. Full-time workers are those who are employed on average at least 30 hours a week or 130 hours a month.
This standard has been subject to much debate since 2010 when the health care reform law was enacted, with many Republicans in Congress wanting a 40-hour-per-week test. But the 30-hour rule is written into the law. Volunteers aren’t counted for the mandate’s 50- or 100-worker threshold. This is welcome news for fire departments and charities that rely on volunteers.
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