Add Wendy’s to the list of Employers working around Obamacare affecting hundreds of workers.
The owner of several Wendy’s restaurants in Omaha, Neb., is attempting to sidestep Obamacare by cutting hundreds of workers’ hours so that they will not be legally entitled to health benefits, WOWT NBC reports.
Gary Burdette, vice president of operations for the Wendy’s franchise, told the news station that costs associated with Obamacare are forcing the business to reduce hours for around 300 “non-management” employees to 28 hours a week. Scott King is the owner of the restaurants, Wendy’s spokesman Danny Lynch told The Huffington Post.
Burdette reportedly said the decision was not an easy one to make, but that the cuts to hours go into effect in two weeks.
Under the Affordable Care Act, employers in the U.S. with more than 50 workers are obliged to offer health benefits to “full-time” employees, or those who work at least 30 hours a week. The new law has prompted some business owners to threaten to reduce employee hours below the weekly threshold in an attempt to avoid the added costs, squeezing low-income workers who depend on hourly pay…..
How many of these people, after having their hours cut by businesses trying to avoid a government program are going to turn around and individually get on welfare?!