Wendy's Franchisee Cuts Hours To Duck ACA Coverage Requirements

There is a special place in hell for people who can't spare the extra dime to make sure people have health care, and this franchise owner is no exception. As if it's not bad enough that employees don't make enough to live, now their employer is telling them to die and die quickly, too. An owner of nine Nebraska Wendy's stores just can't manage to cover employees under the Affordable Care Act, and rather than pay the penalty, he's just slashing their hours:

The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, Vice President of Operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can't afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone's health insurance.

There are 11 Wendy's restaurants in the metro. “It has a huge effect on me and pretty much everybody that I work with,” says Growbeck, who understands the reasoning and says other part-timers at other fast-food restaurants are facing the same problem. “I'm hoping that I can get some sort of promotion because then I would get my hours, but everybody is shooting for that because of the hours being cut.”

Wendy's isn't somewhere I go anyway, but if I did, I think I'd stop going there after this. Especially if I lived in Omaha.

[h/t Americablog]


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