Feds pressuring business to rescue Obama and Dems from another failure of OCare
The latest consequence of the man-caused disaster known as ObamaCare is leading the feds to another cover-up.
When ObamaCare was passed by the Democrats, non-partisan experts predicted there would be a host of problems. Among those problems would be pressure on businesses to drop the number of full-time employees and substitute them with either machines or part-time employees. The cause of this was of course the mandate that employers offer expensive health care plans for “full-time employees.” Incidentally, for purposes of imposing this job-killing legislation, full-time is considered 30 hours of work a week (it is the government, after all).
Predictably for those with any common sense, part-time employment is increasing while full-time employment is decreasing. While White House flaks tout employment growth they ignore the components of that growth -- the rise of the permanent part-time worker class. That is the result of their handiwork.
Rather than admit another flaw in ObamaCare, the federal government is now pressuring businesses to change their business practices to make the consequences of their legislation less visible to those suffering from it: the workers.
The New York Times reports on these plans:
The recent, rapid spread of on-call employment to retail and other sectors has prompted proposals that would require companies to pay employees extra for on-call work and to give two weeks’ notice of a work schedule…
The new laws and proposals generally require an employer to discuss a new employee’s situation and to consider scheduling requests, but they do not require companies to accommodate individual schedules. Many businesses have opposed these measures, arguing that they represent improper government intrusion into private operations….
Representative George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, plans to introduce legislation this summer that would require companies to pay their employees for an extra hour if they were summoned to work with less than 24 hours’ notice. He is also proposing a guarantee of four hours’ pay on days when employees are sent home after just a few hours -- something that happens in many restaurants and retailers when customer traffic is slow.
Coincidentally, those were the very sectors that experts predicted would be impacted the most by the employer mandate.
Now even more businesses will seek to lay off part-timers (expect fewer people to help one check out at stores or find items; expect more ordering from computers while in restaurants -- Panera is planning to roll self-ordering machines out and the Chili’s chain already has done so).
Heckuva job, Democrats.