The New 29 Hour Work Week

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. pspr


    Businesses with 50 or more employees who average at least 30 hours of work a week will be subject to the Obamacare insurance coverage mandate.

    Companies are reportedly planning large layoffs due to the implementation of Obamacare.

    But, companies can potentially avoid being subject to Obamacare's insurance requirements by limiting employees’ weekly hours to less than the 30 hour level defined by Obamacare as “full-time.”

    A little-known section in the ObamaCare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week, a definition that will affect some employers who utilize part-time workers to trim the cost of complying with the ObamaCare rule that says businesses with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance or pay a fine.

    “The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week,” section 1513 of the law reads. (Scroll down to section 4, paragraph A.)

    That section, known as the employer mandate, requires any business with 50 or more full-time employees to provide at least the minimum level of government-defined health coverage to those employees. In other words, a business must provide insurance if it has 50 or more employees working an average of just 30 hours per week, which is 10 hours per week fewer than the traditional 40-hour work week.

    Thus, by cutting employees’ hours to ensure they average less than the 30 per week, employers could potentially avoid the cost of providing the minimum insurance levels mandated by Obamacare.
  2. United States of Part Time Workers and 1099 contractors.

    You have to be pretty foolish to do direct hires without a government subsidy aka Amazon. Those guys are champs... got state laws changed in SC regards to sales tax, got rent free land and property and $5k tax credit for each new hire.

    All for the promise of bringing in 1000 $25k / year warehouse jobs.
  3. pspr


    29 hours will be the new standard work week for many. It's too bad government forces businesses into making these decisions.

    But, on the other hand, it won't matter much in a few more months.
  4. There is a grocery store chain near me called Bel-air(owned by Raleys) I kid you not, that there is only 1 full time employee there(the head manager). Nobody else works more than 26 hours per week.
  5. Are those employees on a "variable" schedule? Do they work varying days and hours of the day each week so it is nearly impossible to get a second part-time job elsewhere? :confused: