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AFL-CIO pushes for tougher health care reform law penalties
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Congress should amend the health care reform law to make more employers liable for a big financial penalty if they do not offer coverage to their part-time employees, the AFL-CIO says.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers with at least 50 full-time employees — defined as employees working at least 30 hours a week — are liable for a $2,000 per employee penalty if they do not offer qualified coverage and one employee obtains a federal premium subsidy to purchase coverage in a public insurance exchange. That employer mandate takes effect in 2015.