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Sorry: Businesses cannot
avoid Obamacare by
switching to part-time staff

Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/2/2013 6:13:55 AM

The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/2/2013 6:18:35 AM     (No. 9454192)

Another day,another dirty trick by Obama.At the same time he´s created a backdoor carve out for congressional staffers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/2/2013 6:25:20 AM     (No. 9454199)

Moreover, the "tax break" for businesses puts the rate at 40% for small businesses, while the Imelts et al. get taxed at 28%.

Disgusting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: hoosierblue, 8/2/2013 6:35:10 AM     (No. 9454210)

And were not in a dictatorship?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 8/2/2013 6:40:52 AM     (No. 9454216)

Looks like unemployment is about to go back up. Simple, lay employees off. Problem solved.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tip35c, 8/2/2013 6:43:40 AM     (No. 9454217)

Not satisfied with cutting worker´s hours, the government is now forcing layoffs. How thoughtful of them.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: avital2, 8/2/2013 6:56:07 AM     (No. 9454222)

another nail in the coffin of full employment.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/2/2013 7:00:21 AM     (No. 9454229)

RINOs are panicking. They now recognize that their failure to vote against funding Obamacare makes them culpable in its inevitable debacle.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 8/2/2013 7:15:23 AM     (No. 9454248)

Uh oh - big time Obama supporter Darden Restaurants ain´t gonna like this.

Maybe it´s time to scrap the whole mega-bill, ´comprehensive´ concept, along with the latest variation of mega-bill logrolling - comprehensive immigration reform. (See IBM article above).

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Reply 9 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 8/2/2013 7:15:43 AM     (No. 9454251)

Any person with basic business acumen - like knowing how to compute ´full-time equivalents´ - should have seen this coming.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: philemon1967, 8/2/2013 7:16:16 AM     (No. 9454252)

Barak Obama is not just stupid but evil as well. He isn´t happy just to gain the power to establish socialism in America, he wants to make sure that America never recovers from his disastrous presidency.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 8/2/2013 7:28:07 AM     (No. 9454259)

Seeing more and more of these "gotchas" buried in Obamacare snares, I wonder if Chief Justice Roberts sleeps at night. His sin of " Scrupulosity" is now raining havoc on businesses, their workers and worker´s families. Too, successful small businesses will now start hanging Closed signs on their doors.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LAW428, 8/2/2013 7:28:55 AM     (No. 9454265)

Well, I guess the Senators should have read the bill before they passed it. Now, it´s time to campaign for re-election and no one in America, including lefty labor unions, wants the UN-Affordable Care Act.

De-Fund it and send the boy king packing back to Kenya. Now is time for America to rise up! Enough is enough!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jimK1, 8/2/2013 7:53:10 AM     (No. 9454305)

The 52% that voted for the Won should care why? They are on the dole and couldn´t care less who has to pay for their stuff as long as they get it. When that stops, they will burn down their own houses to protest.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: cgood, 8/2/2013 7:55:56 AM     (No. 9454310)

Yep, it´s pretty simple. Companies are in business to make a profit. If Obamacare costs interfere with that primary purpose, companies will lay people off or close the doors.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 8/2/2013 7:57:57 AM     (No. 9454318)

Make all employees contractors and change their names. Follow the lead of our Government agencies.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: wtm, 8/2/2013 8:06:38 AM     (No. 9454338)

Unfortunately, saw this one coming !!!!

Obie is not going to let business get by with this loophole. They will plug it up , and make everyone pay, except for themselves, of course.....and their buddies. Expect Darden to get an exemption !!!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: JimS, 8/2/2013 8:10:31 AM     (No. 9454344)

The law is clear.
And part-time employees are excluded from the count.
They can´t just issue a "do over" interpretation of the written law.
The SBA should be leading the fight against this.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: kanphil, 8/2/2013 8:12:00 AM     (No. 9454346)

Nobody read the bill, so they can just make it up as they go along--and they are!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: nonsense, 8/2/2013 8:14:41 AM     (No. 9454351)

Marching forward to economic collapse.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bpl40, 8/2/2013 8:15:45 AM     (No. 9454354)

Even if the FTE (Full Time Equivalent) is over 50, no employee under 30 hours has to be covered regardless. What am I missing?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 8/2/2013 8:24:43 AM     (No. 9454376)

Another day, another way to kill the private sector. This is over-the-top scary and nobody´s doing anything to stop it! Where is our party?

This is a bit off topic, but it has been bothering me. In the Gang-of-Eight immigration scam, we were told that the illegals would not be eligible for Obamacare or other entitlements for 10 yrs. Somebody tell me this - when they get sick and show up at the ER - which the law says MUST help them - who will pay the bill? We will! Just like today!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: GrandmaP, 8/2/2013 8:29:11 AM     (No. 9454389)

What John Roberts hath wrought. The destruction of this great county. Don´t you wonder what Obama has on him. Must be a real doozy.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: edgar, 8/2/2013 8:33:15 AM     (No. 9454402)

So, I guess no job is better than a part time job. What is Obama´s plan to boost the economy? Ask your liberal friends to see if they can provide an answer. Other than Sequester, which he blames on others, he has no plan.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Shelgeyr, 8/2/2013 9:03:35 AM     (No. 9454456)

Due to the language of the law, this new interpretation is ripe for open defiance, as well as legal challenges backed by TROs against the government. Good.

Open defiance sounds like the proper course to me.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/2/2013 9:16:31 AM     (No. 9454484)

Next up - Forcing all doctors to take Medicare and Medicaid patients.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/2/2013 9:29:13 AM     (No. 9454515)

Just ´the nudge-r´ nudging.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bohallx, 8/2/2013 10:13:07 AM     (No. 9454622)

ALL the SBA staffers who come up with this stuff live somewhere in the Washington DC SMSA.

Find them.

I tell you, these people are not used to notoriety. You can leave them shaking like rabbits just by looking at them closely.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 8/2/2013 12:07:05 PM     (No. 9454904)

So take a department, incorporate it, and perform its function as a separate entity.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: xique, 8/2/2013 1:13:17 PM     (No. 9455048)

This isn´t Catch 22, it´s Catch 666.

Roberts, the grinning boy scout with a dagger under his robe, is the greater villain.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: JimJr, 8/2/2013 1:39:28 PM     (No. 9455113)

#5, That´ll be fired, not laid-off. With lay-offs there is some, however remote, hope that the business climate will improve and those workers will be brought back. Aint gonna happen this time.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: marthaville, 8/2/2013 5:18:05 PM     (No. 9455461)

Will that rule also apply to retirement plans?

What about the part-time people hired to hawk Obamacare?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: MickTurn, 8/2/2013 7:53:00 PM     (No. 9455642)

Maybe not, but the CAN start up many companies the employees can work for and be ´leased´ back to the big company...each has 49 employees.

Where there is a law there is a loophole.

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