Royal Farms Responds to Obamacare Mandate

Cutting workers down to part-time, Royal Farms aims to avoid penalty fees.

Royal Farms, a Baltimore, Md.-based chain with about 150 stores in mid-Atlantic states, is responding to the national health care reform mandate known as “Obamacare” by reducing its full-time and part-time workers to less than 30 hours a week, the Huffington Post reported.

Employees of the company told the Huffington Post that managers informed workers last month during a staff meeting that the company was transitioning to an almost entirely part-time workforce in reaction to Obamacare. The mandate requires that companies with more than 50 workers provide insurance benefits to all employees working more than 30 hours a week by 2014 or pay penalties.

In response, frustrated employees have been quitting and skipping out on shifts since the announcement, one employee told the Huffington Post.

Royal Farms is not alone, as several major employers have publicly announced they aim to cut hours to avoid having to pay for the costs of insurance benefits.

 

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000868581247 Cammo Berns

    In the standoff over the fiscal cliff, all the discussion has been about the Bush tax cuts. There has been no discussion about the ObamaCare tax increases. That’s a mistake.

    Five of the tax increases Americans will face on January 1 are new taxes created under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). And they are not just for the very rich. Three of the five will hit people who are solidly middle class.

    The new ObamaCare taxes will hit everything from dividends and capital gains to day care and services for special needs children. They will increase the tax bill for those who have extraordinary medical expenses ? at the very time when they can least afford to pay higher taxes. They will hike the tax burden for the chronically ill who have several thousand dollars of out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses every year. The taxes will fall on medical devices ranging from pacemakers and artificial hips to bedpans and stents.

    President Obama is the biggest spender of public funds in history, and he has shown absolutely no willingness to make any significant cuts in spending programs. The fiscal cliff, then, offers the GOP the unprecedented opportunity to cut spending, something that is otherwise impossible to do with President Obama through compromise.

    No matter how the fall over the cliff develops, the president will successfully use it to blame Republicans. The average American voter has not yet felt the impact of the ObamaCare tax increases that will be enacted Jan. 1, 2013, whether the cliff fall is averted or not. And more importantly, no matter how Mitt Romney tried to explain the negative effects of Obama’s fiscal policies, the electorate voted for Obama. So the GOP needs to abandon the idea that they will be able to convince the electorate that Obama’s policies will hurt working Americans.

    To provide all Americans with health insurance, premiums will have to rise to pay for it, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Wednesday. Bertolini said that insurance premiums could double in some places just on the basis of what types of policies people buy today. He also said that when Obamacare is fully implemented, it won’t start the way people had hoped and it won’t be cheaper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000868581247 Cammo Berns

    In the standoff over the fiscal cliff, all the discussion has been about the Bush tax cuts. There has been no discussion about the ObamaCare tax increases. That’s a mistake.

    Five of the tax increases Americans will face on January 1 are new taxes created under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). And they are not just for the very rich. Three of the five will hit people who are solidly middle class.

    The new ObamaCare taxes will hit everything from dividends and capital gains to day care and services for special needs children. They will increase the tax bill for those who have extraordinary medical expenses ? at the very time when they can least afford to pay higher taxes. They will hike the tax burden for the chronically ill who have several thousand dollars of out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses every year. The taxes will fall on medical devices ranging from pacemakers and artificial hips to bedpans and stents.

    President Obama is the biggest spender of public funds in history, and he has shown absolutely no willingness to make any significant cuts in spending programs. The fiscal cliff, then, offers the GOP the unprecedented opportunity to cut spending, something that is otherwise impossible to do with President Obama through compromise.

    No matter how the fall over the cliff develops, the president will successfully use it to blame Republicans. The average American voter has not yet felt the impact of the ObamaCare tax increases that will be enacted Jan. 1, 2013, whether the cliff fall is averted or not. And more importantly, no matter how Mitt Romney tried to explain the negative effects of Obama’s fiscal policies, the electorate voted for Obama. So the GOP needs to abandon the idea that they will be able to convince the electorate that Obama’s policies will hurt working Americans.

    To provide all Americans with health insurance, premiums will have to rise to pay for it, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Wednesday. Bertolini said that insurance premiums could double in some places just on the basis of what types of policies people buy today. He also said that when Obamacare is fully implemented, it won’t start the way people had hoped and it won’t be cheaper.

  • baltimore

    thanks for the reasonable explanation i take it that you don’t have 3 free Obama phones because you can

  • baltimore

    thanks for the reasonable explanation i take it that you don’t have 3 free Obama phones because you can

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