How companies can avoid Obamacare

How companies can avoid Obamacare

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“FREEDOM FIGHTER”

Since: Aug 08

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#1 Jan 9, 2013
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 +1.41%) 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."

Big industry may try this as well. So much for creating jobs.
Hog Killer

Cookeville, TN

#2 Jan 9, 2013
Dark Empire wrote:
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 +1.41%) 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."
Big industry may try this as well. So much for creating jobs.
Forgot this part of this is already lawand i am glad.. Obama won in Nov, Republicans lost, Big Time..get over it..
Billy

Cookeville, TN

#3 Jan 9, 2013
If more employers have to reduce there employees hours it will result in less income for the employees and less money into the federal goverment through with holding taxes, therefore both will be loosers, just like Democrats.
billy bob

Cookeville, TN

#4 Jan 9, 2013
Who gives a rats ass who won in November jackass what about who it is hurting ? People like you is what is wrong with this world . You don't care about who it hurts as long as a Democrat is in power . Or the other way around a Republican don't care as long as they are in power . all I can say is there is a bunch of sick bastards out in the world today and Hog ass you are one of them .

“Crusty & Buttery Like Bread”

Since: Oct 08

Framingham, MA

#5 Feb 10, 2013

“Crusty & Buttery Like Bread”

Since: Oct 08

Framingham, MA

#6 Feb 10, 2013
Hog Killer, Obama won and we ALL lost.

The biggest losers in all of this are the ones that are too clueless to realize they are losers in all of this. Like you.

I feel sad for the country and what's happening to the people in it.
Two Cents

Cookeville, TN

#7 Feb 10, 2013
Hog Killer wrote:
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Forgot this part of this is already lawand i am glad.. Obama won in Nov, Republicans lost, Big Time..get over it..
obama lost Tennessee and most of all States across america. he only won the large cities states. Please move to the city new york where you will find your true friends! And take your go green with you and shove it up your aspidistra.

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