Urge Your Members of Congress to Raise the ACA's 30 hour/week "Full-Time Employee" Definition!
The House of Representatives will soon vote on H.R. 2575 to raise the Affordable Care Act’s full-time definition from 30-hours/week to 40-hours/week!
The only way to change the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour FTE definition is for Congress to make a change to the law itself. The only way for Congress to make a change to the law is for Members of Congress to hear directly from FMI members—NOW. Congressional staff have indicated to FMI that they need to hear directly from employers in their district to determine whether the health care law’s 30-hour/week full-time employee definition is a “real” problem.
Please write a letter to your Member of Congress by clicking on the following Action Alert to access the grassroots campaign and a sample draft. Please note that this letter will require you to include some information, such as your company name and number of employees, but additional examples that are specific to your company are always helpful. You should also call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be directed to your Representative to be sure they have received your letter.
Please Ask Your Reps. and Senators to Co-Sponsor H.R. 1249 / S. 1756 to Prevent Expansion of Menu Labeling to Grocery Stores
Ask your Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to co-sponsor H.R. 1249/S. 1756, The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. H.R. 1249/S. 1756 is bipartisan legislation to prevent FDA from expanding menu labeling regulations to grocery store operations, as well as allow some common-sense compliance flexibility for restaurants. FDA’s current proposal would extend restaurant menu labeling regulations to grocery stores even though 95 percent of the foods at a grocery store are already labeled.
A template for a letter is included but your personal emphasis and examples are always more persuasive when writing a Member of Congress. It is also worthwhile to phone your Representatives and Senators about the issue as well.
FDA’s proposed rule would regulate grocery store chains with 20 or more locations under menu labeling. FMI has been urging FDA to adopt the agency’s “Option 2” when implementing the menu labeling law, which would exclude grocery stores unless the majority of their business is derived from restaurant-type foods. To this point, FDA will not meet or discuss the menu labeling issue with FMI or its members despite substantive FMI comments and letters to regulatory officials and several Members of Congress writing in support of Option 2. H.R. 1249/S. 1756 is consistent with the “Option 2” alternative of the menu labeling proposed rule.