Staples is cutting back on employee hours, and issued a memo Dec. 6 to managers, reminding them that part-time employees may not work more than 25 hours per week.
While Staples didn’t mention the Affordable Care Act, angry associates have taken to social media to point out that a major provision of the law, which takes effect next year, will count people working at least 30 hours a week as full-time employees. Companies of 50 people or more that don’t provide affordable healthcare to full-time workers will be forced to pay a penalty of up to $3,000 per person.
Many part-timers who used to work 30 to 35 hours a week are having hours slashed, apparently due to the Obama administration's redefinition of "full-time" employment as working 30 hours a week. Despite the administration's claims that the redefinition will have no impact, it clearly does:
Whole Foods Chief Executive Officer John Mackey said last month that the 30-hour rule “creates an incentive to have fewer full-time workers and more part-time workers.”
Data from the N.S. Sherlock Institute support Mackey's stance. Time for another round of golf!