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Businesses Cutting Worker Hours, Freezing Hiring to Avoid ObamaCare Penalties

The so-called employer mandate to offer health coverage doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. But to determine whether employees work enough hours on average to receive benefits, employers must track their schedules for three to 12 months prior to 2014 — meaning many are restructuring payrolls now or will do so early next year.

About a quarter of businesses surveyed by consulting firm Mercer don’t offer health coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Half of them plan to make changes so fewer employees work that many hours.

Problem solved then.  The workers won’t qualify for health insurance through their employer. They will however be mandated to buy health insurance, at inflated prices, because it must cover every single damn thing, including Fluke’s infinite abortions, so not only will they lose income in a bad economy, they will be hit with a whopping health insurance penalty either by being forced to buy insurance or by being penalized for not buying it.

And it’s another success story from Barack and Biden, Champions of the Working Class.

Oh and they’re the lucky ones. The unlucky ones aren’t getting hired at all.

The health care law will particularly affect companies with 40 to 45 workers that plan to expand and hire. Many are holding off so they don’t cross the 50-employee threshold, says Christine Ippolito, principal at Compass Workforce Solutions, a human resource consulting firm in Melville, N.Y.

Others already over the 50-employee threshold plan to add more part-time workers or cut the hours of full-timers, says Rob Wilson, head of Employco, a human resource outsourcing firm. Many, he says, will hire more temporary workers, whom they won’t have to cover.

Nearly half of retailers, restaurants and hotels will be affected by the law, according to Mercer. They employ large numbers of part-time and seasonal employees, including many who work about 30 hours a week.

A sizable number of restaurant workers are minorities, many are young, and have few job prospects. ObamaCare will deliver a two part punch, making it harder for them to earn a living without going on public assistance.

And it’s another job well done by the job creation engine of Obama Inc.


January 5, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield