If you can only seem to find part-time work, Obamacare may be responsible for that. According to USA Today, some businesses are using part-time employees in response to the healthcare law.
As noted in the report, businesses with 100 or more full-time employees or full-time equivalents must offer health coverage to a minimum of 70 percent of those working 30 hours or more per week effective Thursday. By January 1, 2016, that will increase to 95 percent of their workers. Companies with 50 to 99 employees must also offer coverage at that time.
According to the report, some businesses in low-wage industries are hiring part-time employees and cutting the hours of full-timers to deal with the healthcare overhaul. Rob Wilson, head of human resources outsourcing firm Employco, told USA Today that many businesses with slightly fewer than 100 workers have brought on more part-time employees recently. He also said those with at least 100 employees are reducing the hours of their existing staff.
Michelle Neblett, senior director of labor and workforce policy for the National Restaurant Association, told USA Today that many restaurants are exercising caution when offering part-timers the opportunity to work 30 or more hours a week.
While such strategies have reportedly had little impact on the labor market thus far, the number of part-time workers who say they’d prefer to work full-time has remained high. As the report notes, Royal Bank of Scotland recently reported that this can be at least partially attributed to businesses in the hotel, restaurant and retail industries hiring part-time workers to dodge the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate.
So it appears that the ACA is making it harder for low-wage workers to earn more money. Perhaps this is among the reasons a majority of voters would rather repeal Obamacare than keep it.