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I just needed a break. All the laughing I was doing at the humor on this board was making my sides hurt too much. Here's one post and then I shall retreat into the mists again for a while.

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2012/11/the-biggest-ec...

Here is what I am doing for the rest of the year -- working with every manager in my company so that as of January 1, 2013, none of our employees are working more than 28 hours a week. I think most readers know the reason -- we have got to get our company under 50 full time employees or else I am facing a bill from Obamacare in 2014 that will be several times larger than my annual profit. I love my workers. They make me a success. But most of my competitors are small businesses that are exempt from the Obamacare hammer. To compete, I must make sure my company is exempt as well. This means that our 400+ full time employees will have to be less than 50 in 2013, so that when the Feds look at me at the start of 2014, I am exempt. We will have more employees working fewer hours, with more training costs, but the Obamacare bill looks like [it would be] about $800,000 a year for us, at least, and I am pretty sure the cost of more training will be less than that.

this is going to be an ENORMOUS change in the rest of the service sector. I have talked to a lot of owners of restaurants and restaurant chains, and the 40-hour work week is a thing of the past in that business. One of my employees said that in Hawaii, it was all the hotel employees could talk about. Many chains are working on mutli-team systems where two teams of people working part-time replace the former group of full-time employees. 2013 is going to see a lot of people (who are not paid very well to begin with) getting their hours and pay cut by 25%. At the same time that they are required, likely for the first time since many are relatively young, to purchase health insurance.
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The new normal: millions of employees will have to work two jobs with fewer hours each. That makes for higher commuting expenses for them with more fuel needlessly burned, and at a greater cost to them.

--fleg
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