Saturday, July 19, 2014

obamacare Pink Slips

Lost in all the noise about invasions by illegal immigrants, the Israel-Hamas conflict, and the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was this little tidbit concerning some pending legislation.
As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices.

The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring employees to work unpredictable hours that wreak havoc with everyday routines like college and child care.

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.
"...fueled by women’s and labor groups ..."

They may very well be the driving force behind the movement for wider-ranging legislation and regulations governing part-time workers, but left unstated by the MSM is the real reason for the rising demand for part-timers and "ever-changing, on-call schedules."
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 ... 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 (again) predictable outcome of the proposed legislation?
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).

Can't anyone connect these pretty damn self-evident dots?


Old NFO said...

None of them WANT to connect the dots... in their world there are NO dots... Sigh

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Another ploy is using workers from temp agencies for 60 day assignments. My middle son is stuck in this mode.

CenTexTim said...

NFO - you got that right.

WSF - that sucks big-time.