Retailers group backs repeal of employer mandate

NRF argues that the employer mandate is already stifling job growth because businesses are concerned about rising costs. 

The group has argued that increased employment costs brought on by the employer mandate will force some companies to reduce the size of their payrolls and discourage small companies in particular from growing to the 50-employee threshold. 

Companies with at least 50 employees that don't offer healthcare benefits or face fines.

While the group says it is help retailers prepare for implementation of the healthcare law there are still “myriad concerns and objections to” the law, French said.

French sent letters this week to Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyLobbying World Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Yoga lobby fighting certification for teachers MORE (R-La.) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate US Chamber urges quick vote on USTR nominee Lighthizer Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Utah). 

"The employer mandate is a drag on our economy, forcing too many of our nation’s job creators to stop hiring and grow their businesses in order to comply with this onerous provision in president’s health law," Hatch said in a statement when he introduced his bill Feb. 28. 

"Instead of letting the federal government dictate how employers should allocate resources, let's repeal this job-killing mandate and let businesses get back in the business of hiring," Hatch said. 

The Senate measure has 28 Republican cosponsors.