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Wendy’s is the latest fast-food restaurant chain to respond to Obamacare by reducing its workers hours.A franchisee in Omaha, Nebraska told 100 employees that their hours would be cut in anticipation of mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An article in The Exchange, a Yahoo finance blog, reported today that the franchise owner informed non-management employees that will have their hours reduced to 28 a week.
A spokesman blamed the cuts on the new law that, beginning in 2014, will require employers to offer health coverage to employees who log at least 30 hours a week, or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 per worker.
The franchisee said, as a small-business owner, he can’t afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone’s health insurance. Under the law, any company that has more than 50 full-time workers falls under the new health care.