Thanks, ObamaCare: NYTs – Part-Time Work Becomes Full-Time Wait for Better Job

April 20, 2013

The New York Times has discovered a new class of victim – the part-time worker.

“The only remaining legal form of discrimination in the labor market is against part-time workers,” said John Schmitt, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal research organization. “You can hire part-time workers and full-time workers doing the same job, and you’re allowed to pay them different money and different benefits.”

Unfortunately, as with Obamacare, you have to get through this two page article to discover why this is happening. They passed it. We’re finding out what’s in it. And the New York Times would just as soon bury that news at the end of an otherwise pedestrian, anti-business liberal diatribe.

The American economy has generated 30 straight months of job growth. But for millions of people looking for more work and greater income, that improvement provides little solace.

Paul Dales, senior United States economist for Capital Economics, said, “There is another reason to believe that part-time employment will stay higher for longer, namely the incentives to employ part-time workers created by Obama’s health care reforms.”

Starting in 2014, employers that had an average of at least 50 full-time employees in the previous calendar year will have to provide health insurance or face penalties. Some companies and franchise locations, like Darden Restaurants, which operates brands like Red Lobster and Olive Garden, suggested last year that they might seek to limit full-time staff to avoid activating this mandate.

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