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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Obamacare: ‘Cutting Worker Hours’
As President Obama Flacks His Unpopular Law, Part-Time Workers Struggle With Its Consequences Nationwide Reports Of Retailers, Colleges, & Restaurants Cutting Hours
‘We simply can't afford the Affordable Care Act.’ “Birmingham is reducing hours for most seasonal employees to avoid having to provide them with health care coverage, Birmingham Assistant Manager Joe Valentine said Monday. Starting this spring, the majority of new seasonal employees in Birmingham are being limited to a work week of 28 hours or less. … Commissioner Gordon Rinschler said … ‘It pains me to have to increase the cost of our operations to our taxpayers under the Affordable Care Act,’ he said. ‘We simply can't afford the Affordable Care Act.’” (“City Cuts Employee Hours, Cites Obamacare,” Observer & Eccentric Newspapers [MI], 5/12/13)
“In some cases we've heard about, a local McDonalds has hired employees to operate the cash register or flip burgers for 20 hours a week and then the workers head to the nearby Burger King or Wendy's to log another 20 hours. Other employees take the opposite shifts.” (“ObamaCare And The '29ers,'” The Wall Street Journal, 2/22/13)
“We talked to the company that owns the Guthrie restaurant today, and it confirmed the cuts. Now, employees there aren't allowed to work more than 28 hours a week. Johnna Davis has worked at the Taco Bell in Guthrie since September. She's seen a 200 dollar cut in her paycheck since a new store policy went into effect. … ‘Several of the other people I work with, some of them are single parents, and we do the best we can, and 28 hours a week just isn't going to cut it for the bills,’ Davis said. Now this single mother of 3 is looking for a new full-time job. Nearly 20 employees their have seen their hours cut.” (“Guthrie Taco Bell Worker Speaks After Hours Cut To Avoid Health Insurance Mandate,” News9, 1/7/13)
“Retailers are cutting worker hours at a rate not seen in more than three decades — a sudden shift that can only be explained by the onset of ObamaCare's employer mandates.Nonsupervisory employees logged an average 30.0 hours per week in April, the shortest retail workweek since early 2010, Labor Department data out Friday show. Even as retail payrolls have kept rising, with rank-and-file employment up 132,000, or 1%, over the past year, aggregate hours worked have fallen 0.9% over that span. The average retail workweek was 2% shorter in April than a year earlier, the steepest sustained decline since 1980, an IBD analysis found.” (“Retailers Slash Work Hours Rapidly Ahead Of ObamaCare,” Investor’s Business Daily, 5/3/13)
“More than 600 part-time employees at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will soon have their hours cut as the state prepares to enact the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers would be required to offer health care insurance to employees who work more than 30 hour a week. As a result, legislation to limit the number of hours worked by the Commonwealth's part-time work force was introduced in January and will be enacted in late April, a memo from the Virginia ABC said. A Virginia ABC employee contacted 8News about the change, saying he'll soon lose nine to 11 hours of pay each week, when the new policy goes into effect.” (“Virginia ABC To Cut Workers' Hours,” ABC News, 2/8/13)
Community College of Allegheny County ‘will reduce temporary part-time employee hours to 25 per week’ “‘It's kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don't have the money to pay for it,’ said Adam Davis, an adjunct professor who has taught biology at [Community College of Allegheny County] since 2005. Temporary part-time employees received an email notice from Mr. Johnson on Tuesday informing them that the new health care act defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week. As a result, the college as of Dec. 31 will reduce temporary part-time employee hours to 25 per week.” (“Health Care Law Brings Double Dose Of Trouble For CCAC Part-Time Profs,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/19/12)
Stark State College ‘employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week’ “In Ohio, instructor Robert Balla faces a new cap on the number of hours he can teach at Stark State College. In a Dec. 6 letter, the North Canton school told him that ‘in order to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act…employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week.’” (“Health Law Pinches Colleges,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/18/13) Tags:Obamacare, Cutting Working Hours, Lower Incomes, restaurants, hotels and retailersTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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