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Now States Cutting Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs
Breitbart ^ | 2/9/13 | Joel Pollak

Posted on 02/09/2013 11:14:45 PM PST by Nachum

The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--they are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance.

Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if they worked more than the maximum. Other public universities are doing the same across the nation, just as their private-sector counterparts are limiting part-time hours to avoid the Obamacare rule.

In addition to limiting part-time hours, many institutions--public and private--are moving employees from full-time to part-time status to avoid Obamacare requirements. Doing so means facing the ire of left-wing institutions such as John Podesta’s Think Progress, which recently castigated a Wendy’s franchise for cutting employees’ hours. Yet there is little most businesses can do--they are merely responding to incentives written into law.

As the economic reality of Obamacare begins to bite, Democrats are uneasy with the legislation they forced through Congress in 2010, and which survived at the Supreme Court only because Chief Justice John Roberts saw fit to rewrite it. At a recent retreat for House Democrats, former President Bill Clinton advised his party to lead the way in pushing for changes to Obamacare, so they could “[p]rove that we were right to do it.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0care; costs; johnpodesta; obamacare; parttime; parttimeemployee; thinkprogress; zerocare
Time for Gov't employees to march on the White House. Go ahead... double dare ya'
1 posted on 02/09/2013 11:14:57 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 02/09/2013 11:17:28 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


3 posted on 02/09/2013 11:18:25 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Nachum...do you ever sleep?

(You’re the best.)


4 posted on 02/09/2013 11:19:11 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Nachum
I feel a song coming on.
5 posted on 02/09/2013 11:20:51 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Nachum

Welcome to the 28 hour work week.


6 posted on 02/09/2013 11:21:21 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: Mortrey

Sleep? I love sleep. When I can get it. :)


7 posted on 02/09/2013 11:21:31 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

too bad the IRS has a formula that says if you have “X” of full time employees out of a total of “Y”, you are in fact providing full time employment and all employees must be covered.


8 posted on 02/09/2013 11:26:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Nachum
Let's all do the Obama Charlie Foxtrot!


9 posted on 02/09/2013 11:26:21 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: dr_lew

Workin’ for a livin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIK3akktLU


10 posted on 02/09/2013 11:27:52 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
At a recent retreat for House Democrats, former President Bill Clinton advised his party to lead the way in pushing for changes to Obamacare, so they could “[p]rove that we were right to do it.”

Why do I get the feeling that DC is the last place the ragheads would set of a sneak nuke?

I think they have figured out that they are allies in the war against judeo christian morality with the degenerate American political class.

11 posted on 02/09/2013 11:39:25 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Nachum
Well,

Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work.

... so, "We're not gonna take it." Get it?

Workin’ for a livin’

I don't get it.

12 posted on 02/09/2013 11:39:33 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Nachum

Sounds like what Walmart does to avoid having to pay its own rather substandard medical insurance.


13 posted on 02/10/2013 12:04:44 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: null and void

bump


14 posted on 02/10/2013 12:49:38 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Nachum

Well, states that opt out of Obamacare are exempt from the employer mandate so there is (or was) a recourse for these workers to lobby their own government.


15 posted on 02/10/2013 2:34:38 AM PST by erlayman
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To: Nachum

Well, if nothing else, this will keep inflation down.


16 posted on 02/10/2013 3:21:28 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Nachum

“....is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more.”

Here come the suits claiming racial discrimination against the states, since a majority of government employees seem to be from minorities.


17 posted on 02/10/2013 4:06:51 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Nachum

bump


18 posted on 02/10/2013 4:30:36 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Nachum

The Universities in Idaho have hired “temporary” or “part-time” workers (under 20 hours per week or less than 6 months per year) for years to avoid paying benefits and to get around any sort of testing and ranking of applicants (although the State has pretty much tossed the objective merit hiring laws).

The fun comes when temporary/part-time employees are asked to work off the clock, adjust written time cards by shifting hours worked, etc. and the auditor has to go in and deal with the mess after a “disgruntled employee” reports it.


19 posted on 02/10/2013 4:54:25 AM PST by Victoria_R (Believers in VERY small government: Count Mountjoy/Benter in 2012!!!)
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To: Nachum

The Commonwealth of Virginia is doing the same.


20 posted on 02/10/2013 4:55:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Victoria_R
The fun comes when temporary/part-time employees are asked to work off the clock, adjust written time cards by shifting hours worked, etc. and the auditor has to go in and deal with the mess after a “disgruntled employee” reports it.

Of course any employer who gets caught doing that is in a world of hurt with the DOL.

I had a situation when we had to shut down operations on a Friday because of a tropical storm and severe flooding in here in central PA and some flooding in our building. Employees could take PTO for the day we were closed, and we were willing to allow employees with less than 8 hours in their PTO bank to get an advance on their PTO, but my hourly 1st shift production workers and their supervisor came up with the idea that they, instead of using their PTO, would just come in and work that Sunday to make up the time.

But because Sunday was the first day of the next workweek, that would mean for that two week pay period, they’d get 8 hours of OT (32 hours worked for the first week and 48 hours worked the next to make up their 80 hours but legally the 8 hours worked over 40 during the second work week would be OT), and we as a company were not willing to pay 8 hours of OT for the entire 1st shift. The employees and their supervisor said, “Just pay us straight time, it’s OK, we’ll even sign a document to say it’s OK with us to be paid straight time.” Au Contraire, I had to tell them. While I sympathized with them wanting to make the time up and not dip into their PTO bank, I had to quote DOL rules regarding OT and how employees, even if “voluntarily” cannot waive their rights to OT and how the employer is always responsible.

I’m sure some employers play fast and loose with falsifying time cards, having employees work off the clock and shifting hours worked from one work week to the next, but I will not allow it where I work – the risks and potential fines and penalties are just too great not to mention that an employee could sign a document and then later come back and make a DOL complaint that they were coerced into to do so.

21 posted on 02/10/2013 5:32:18 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: Nachum

at 29 hours per week, pretty soon there will be full employment.
Now, if they can figure out how to rig this for salaried\exempt employees....


22 posted on 02/10/2013 6:04:45 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: Vendome
"...the IRS has a formula that says if you have “X” of full time employees out of a total of “Y”, you are in fact providing full time employment and all employees must be covered."

WOW...now that's a very interesting piece of information! Can you help me find a source for its accuracy so that I can use it when arguing against OBozoCare, please!?!

23 posted on 02/10/2013 6:37:09 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Rome2000
"I think they have figured out that they (DC's politicians) are allies in the war against judeo christian morality with the degenerate American political class."

AMEN!

24 posted on 02/10/2013 6:41:14 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: All

CORRECTION...’they’ should be (the ragheads)! My bad.


25 posted on 02/10/2013 6:43:28 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Vendome

This is why task based websites are exploding right now. Outsource by the task, no Obamacare taxes or penalties. You outsource the work to a hundred different people over the course of a year, nothing but a management headache.


26 posted on 02/10/2013 8:48:31 AM PST by tbw2
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To: harpu

The agency specified that employers could still fall under the mandate if they employ enough part-time workers to equal 50 full-time workers. For example, if an employer has 40 full-time workers and 20 part-time workers, that employer would be considered by the government to have 50 full-time workers and would be subject to the mandate because the 20 part-time workers average to 10 full-time workers – meeting the 50 full-time-worker threshold.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/irs-warns-employers-do-not-try-avoid-obamacare-insurance-mandate


27 posted on 02/10/2013 4:40:52 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Thanks for the explanation and the link to the article.


28 posted on 02/10/2013 5:17:59 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Nachum
Ohio ...OHIO? I thought they loved every aspect of the bill that had to be passed to learn what's in it!
29 posted on 02/11/2013 2:45:43 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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