Originally Posted by Amnorix
I was having a conversation earlier today with some senior business types who think Obamacare will result in a massive change in how employers handle employees, with many effectively switching to a multiple part-time employee system, shared-shifts (or whatever it's called, when you've got one person who works mornings, and another who works afternoons), all with the goal of avoiding the minimum hours worked thresholds that trigger the requirements on employers.
Why would any employer that's already offering healthcare do this?
Red Lobster tried limiting employees' hours like this. Eventually they decided it just wasn't worth it and they'd be better off just biting the bullet and providing healthcare. It's not like there is zero drawback to companies for only offering part-time jobs. Part-time workers are less efficient, it takes twice as much training to get two people up to speed, and they're generally not satisfied. So they bolt as soon as something better comes along. Plus you still have to face all the lawsuit liabilities, unemployment insurance liabilities, and all the other overhead that goes with hiring an employee.
There will probably be a few companies that limit their employee ihours like fast food chains. Many of them already do that anyway to get around other existing benefits their company gives full-time workers. But for the most part a fundamental shift in the way most companies hire seems an extremely unlikely possibility.
Two years from now when none of this comes to pass, I'm sure you guys will issue a big "my bad" and seriously rethink the latest conservative outrage/end of the world that's imminent from some Democrat policy, right?