Wendy’s franchise cuts hours to avoid Obamacare
The action is the latest in a series of challenges against next year's implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The small-business backlash against Obamacare continues. A Wendy’s fast-food franchise in Nebraska is cutting the hours of non-management employees so its owners won't be required to pay health benefits.
The local franchise vice president in Omaha tells WOWT-TV the cuts are coming in several weeks’ time because he cannot afford to pay health insurance for all his employees.
Starting next year the U.S. Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will require employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer full-time workers "minimum essential" healthcare coverage. The Act defines a full-time employee as someone who works at least 30 hours a week.
As a result, about 100 Wendy’s workers in Omaha have been told their hours are being cut.
"It has a huge effect on me and pretty much everybody that I work with," T.J. Growbeck, who currently works 36 to 37 hours a week at the restaurant, told WOWT. "I'm hoping that I can get some sort of promotion because then I would get my hours, but everybody is shooting for that because of the hours being cut."
Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch told the Huffington Post the decision was being made at the franchise level.
"Our franchisees are independent businesspeople, and they make the decisions regarding their restaurant teams," he said. "As small-business employers, our franchisees are facing rising food and operating costs and many new government regulations."
While Wendy’s says the hours-cutting action by its Omaha franchise is not "a company decision," several major restaurant chains have been very vocal in their criticism of Obamacare.
A case in point: Papa John's (PZZA) CEO John Schnatter said the Affordable Care Act would cost his company up to $8 million a year, which would force him to increase product costs and cut workers’ hours.
Other restaurant franchises, meanwhile, are also looking at options ahead of Obamacare. John Rigos, owner of a Five Guys franchise in New York City, told CBS News the new regulations will affect hiring policies at his restaurants.
"It'll probably have to reduce the staff to some degree," he said, "and again, focus on building [a] smaller stronger team rather than being as aggressive in opening up new stores and creating new jobs."
Rigos said while he "absolutely" supports Obamacare, he still finds it challenging.
"There's 25,000 restaurants within the New York City market we're competing against," he notes, "so it's not like we have surplus profits that we could just earmark a portion of them to go toward these types of initiatives."
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Juno, Your full of **** we would be glad for you to move to those fantasy countries. Try getting in to see a doctor the same day you need one. Try getting long term healthcare in Canada. Dumba$$
I tried to reply to him, but there was "a problem creating posts", so now I simply start a new one.
Here is my answer to Goatman247 : (I would be amused if I ever hear from him again)
Goatman, thanks for your compliment. You sound like a real educated world traveller who probably never stuck his nose out of our USA.
Because of sport injuries and illness I had to go to emergency rooms in Switzerland, Germany and Canada with follow-up care. In all three cases I was seen immediately and taken care of before I was even asked for personal and financial information !!
Try that in hospitals in our USA ! And who is the "Dumba$$" (your quote) ?
If you can read and digest the following article which was published just yesterday by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, you might learn something.
Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/health/americans-under-50-fare-poorly-on-health-measures-new-report-says.html?ref=nationalresearchcouncil&_r=0
Just in case you have a short attention span, here is an important paragraph which is near the end of the report :
The panel sought to explain the poor performance. It noted the United States has a highly fragmented health care system, with limited primary care resources and a large uninsured population. It has the highest rates of poverty among the countries studied.
Education also played a role. Americans who have not graduated from high school die from diabetes at three times the rate of those with some college, Dr. Woolf said. In the other countries, more generous social safety nets buffer families from the health consequences of poverty, the report said.
.why should business provide health insurance at all? they don't provide clothes or groceries, you use the money you are paid and buy your own. so why don't you just buy your own health insurance?
This is nothing new in retail and food industry. It has nothing to do with Obamacare. They always find a reason to cut corner at lower level. When you go close to 39 hrs. per week they will send you home so they don't have to pay overtime. During holiday or long week end they change your schedule and give less hour during week days and more hours in weekend.
The fast food industry is work for KIDS, always meant to be part time and healthcare free because they are kids who are covered by daddy's insurance, which is why American kids can not find employment ........... but your messiah and you insist that illegals are owed a life supported by NOT Americans, but 53% of Americans, so many mildly skillful jobs and completely unskilled jobs are YOUR GIFT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS, so, congratulations on your humanity and charity ........... IF YOU EVER PAID FEDERAL TAXES, if not congratulations on porking yourself!
Think clearly, what would 12-20 million more jobs for Americans that don't send that money out of the country do FOR YOUR NATION?
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