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Employers Push for Tighter Definition of Full-Time Employee Under Health Law

An iconic American brand has come out against a key Obamacare provision requiring some companies to expand their health insurance coverage.

Dunkin' Brands is lobbying the government to change their definition of full-time work from at least 30 hours per week to 40 or more hours per week, their CEO Nigel Travis has told the Financial Times. Successfully doing so would mean Dunkin' and other companies would have fewer workers to insure under President Barack Obama's health care reform law, which mandates that big employers give health care coverage to all full-time employees and their dependents, or face a penalty.

In response to the Obamacare mandate, which applies to all employers with at least 50 full-time workers, numerous firms have said they would cut their employee hours to avoid paying for their health care coverage. A majority of companies expect their health care costs to rise because of Obamacare and plan to shift health care costs to employees in response, according to a survey last year by Mercer.

Source: Huffington Post. Read full article. (link)

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  • InlineSkate||

    “I suggest you look into exactly how much a DD franchise makes. I live in MA and they're packed every morning. These places make $50k to $100k per week easily.”

    The idiocy from HuffPost especially their commentators makes my damn head spin.

  • Sevo||

    I wouldn't be surprised if the commenter actually believes it.

  • Sevo||

    "A majority of companies expect their health care costs to rise because of Obamacare and plan to shift health care costs to employees in response,"

    Why don't they just take it our of their profits?

  • buybuydandavis||

    It's a 2fer - push the bottom rungs into 30 hour work week jobs, then put them on government run health care because the employers don't provide coverage.

    "Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen."

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