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July 30, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Consider effects of hour reductions

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More and more companies are cutting part-time employees’ hours to less than 30 hours per week to avoid Obamacare. Their justification and press releases blame the outrageous costs that resulted from Obamacare. The companies are not telling the truth and are desperately trying to hide behind the real reason they are cutting hours, which is the cost of an employee versus a contractor. If everyone is cut to less than 30 hours, they will all fall into a contractor category.

Contractors are not eligible for health care coverage, paid vacations, paid holidays, overtime, sick leave, participation in 401(k) plan or retirement benefits. There will have to be some new hires to cover for the lack of hours on everyone’s part. That is only after corporations try to get as much work in 30 hours as they used to get in 40 hours out of each employee. The unemployment rate will go down, and everyone’s take-home pay will go down.

Corporations will save a ton of payroll costs. The profits and the CEO bonus will rise, shareholders will be happy and the employees’ lives will be turned upside down. The number of people with no health insurance will skyrocket.

At less than 30 hours, many workers will have to get a second job to get by, if they can get one, but two jobs will still not be enough money to afford health insurance and the very basic necessities of life.

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