New Hiring Patterns Thanks to Obamacare

Here’s a trend you’ll be reading more about: part-time “job sharing,” not only within firms but across different businesses.

It’s already happening across the country at fast-food restaurants, as employers try to avoid being punished by the Affordable Care Act. 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.

Welcome to the strange new world of small-business hiring under ObamaCare. The law requires firms with 50 or more “full-time equivalent workers” to offer health plans to employees who work more than 30 hours a week. (The law says “equivalent” because two 15 hour a week workers equal one full-time worker.) Employers that pass the 50-employee threshold and don’t offer insurance face a $2,000 penalty for each uncovered worker beyond 30 employees. So by hiring the 50th worker, the firm pays a penalty on the previous 20 as well.

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One Response to New Hiring Patterns Thanks to Obamacare

  1. Chris Morgan says:

    This is the new trend in American business. The reason for this is very simple: these people will be dependent upon the government for handouts ie. food stamps healthcare etc. The very people that are vilified, the working poor are being exploited to create a class of workers dependent upon government programs. Which political party will these actions benefit? Why the deceptocrap party. But never fear, RHINO Republicans such as Eric Cantor are putting forth legislation that would strip workers of their ‘overtime” pay in order to help small business. By creating a poor working class dependent on government these workers will never vote republican as long as the GOP keeps threatening to do away with welfare, and other programs for the poor. Economically speaking the GOP is no different from the democratic party in the sense that they both support Keynesian Economic Policies. Which is government intervention into markets and business, this is nothing more than socialism (Keynes by the why was a prominent socialist). The time for rehtoric is over, the time is on hand to start a purge of both the GOP and Democratic Party to rid our country of these closet socialist/facists.

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