The Delay That Came Too Late

While the big news over the Fourth of July weekend was of course the White House’s delay in implementing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (see post below), the news came too late for at least one company, CNN reports:

Because a 30-hour work week counts as full-time under Obamacare, Fatburger fast-food restaurants had started cutting worker hours below that threshold, CEO Andy Wiederhorn said.

Some Fatburger owners even began “job sharing” with other businesses, teaming up to share a higher number of employees all working fewer hours. Someone could work 25 hours at one Fatburger, 25 at another one with a different franchise owner, and still not be a full-time worker under Obamacare rules.

Widerhorn also told CNN that, at his second company, Buffalo’s Cafe chicken wing restaurants, he had already given up $30,000 as a result of the employer mandate.

“All it’s doing is causing confusion, anxiety and the workers are paying the price,” Wiederhorn said. “Now, the mandate’s a moving target. It’s very, very challenging.”

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