Part Time America

No, sir. Obamacare and various mandates are having no effect on employment. Just ignore the elephant in the room.

Something odd is happening to the workweek, unpublished data from the Current Population Survey show.
Even as the number of people working has grown by 2.2 million, or 1.6%, over the past year, the number clocking 30 to 34 hours a week has shrunk.

In the second quarter, the number of workers putting in 30 to 34 hours at their primary job fell by a monthly average of 146,500, or 1.4%, from a year earlier.

By comparison, the number working 25-29 hours per week in their primary job rose by 119,000, or 2.7%.

This oddity has an obvious explanation: ObamaCare’s employer mandate applies only to full-time workers, which the law defines as 30 hours per week.

Yeah, I know. The Administration’s defenders claim that the employer mandate is having no effect or only a minor effect on employment. But their confidence is belied by the year-long delay in implementing the employer mandate and the whispers that, if they could get some Republican support, they’d completely repeal the mandate. And IBD tears apart the “study” that proves Obamacare isn’t hurting jobs, pointing out numerous methodological flaws.

And, frankly, the claim that this isn’t happening is ludicrous. Anecdotally, we are hearing numerous stories of businesses cutting hours or cutting benefits in response to Obamacare. We are supposed to believe that these are isolated incidents and not reflective of the broader trend. But IBD is now showing that they are reflective of the broader trend.

We are becoming a part-time country. And it’s becoming pretty clear that we can blame Obamacare for at least some of that. But not to worry. I’m sure the liberals will come up with a solution. Maybe mandating healthcare for even part-time workers. That’ll work, surely.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    If I ran a business and it was cheaper to have more people work part time than it was to have fewer people work full time due to government financial obligations for “full time” employees, I’d start running a buttload of part time employees and only management would be “full time”….

    The bottom line is that you need to be aware of the bottom line, particularly when you have stockholders to answer to.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    If you mandate benefits for part time workers then you will get one of two obvious responses;

    1) Fewer employees, that all work lots of overtime

    2) More employees, that work even less hours to come in under the new mark

    Or they’ll just go out of business.

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  3. AlexInCT

    The bottom line is that you need to be aware of the bottom line, particularly when you have stockholders to answer to.

    Forget stockholders. Those usually are part of big businesses. This onerous regulation’s greatest impact is on small businesses trying to make it, or make it big. Basically we have government passing laws that discourages small business owners from growing and competing. I would not be surprised that the fucks that passed this evil law knew this was a big effect and see it as a bonus. After all, small businesses that stay small will never rise up to challenge those big companies that democrats so love and partner with to generate laws that only make sense if you understand the agenda is to use government to pick winners & losers, and that an ideological purity test is required to pass.

    As I have repeatedly said: Obamacare’s real purpose was to destroy any kind of private healthcare system. That it also wrecks the economy in favor of those giant “too big to fail” conglomerates progressive government types (in both parties) loves, is an added bonus. Cloward-Piven on display here. Destroy the existing system that stands in the way of your communist ambitions, and force the people to accept and eat a shit sandwich they would have otherwise kicked your ass for forcing on them.

    And we can thank the “give me free shit you make other people pay for because I exist” mentality of the progressive idiots for this and other idiotic regulations like this one. But we should forgive them because they mean well. Only a fool would still believe that they mean anything but exactly what they are doing: to destroy America so they can create their two-bit, European nanny state look -alike, collectivist paradise version of it.

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  4. satch

    I think SO hit the most salient point in his bit about overtime. I know the hourly mandate starts at 30 hours per week but where does the number of employees threshold fall? I think it is 50 but may be more. And does the number of employees take in the ones who only work 29 hours per week or do all of them count?

    Having worked construction I can tell you jobs like that are going to evapourate big time. Either the employer will cut the workforce to a number that means they can still work their guys 60+ hours per week in the busy season and pay them overtime but like before with no benefits or they will cut off everyone at 29 hours and tell them that’s it for the week. They will simply set up two companies and hire you at both but limit you to 29 hours per week at each. I have been through this before. Working 30+ hours per week at two companies with no overtime. You will never actually get another full time job if this plays out.

    So the guys who can work the long hours in the season will be terrified to ever turn down a day’s work for fear of losing their situation or the poor blighters who do get cut will wind up working two jobs at 29 hours each week for straight time. Welcome to the wonderful world of mandates. I can see this affecting a lot of blue collar jobs like local freight delivery companies who employ a lot of drivers but run on razor thin margins and never pay benefits. Or even the local man power type places that employ temps. They are the employers, not the companies who contract with them. Their pay was never great but if you were a good worker you could usually get all the hours you wanted. Well not anymore. Not if it means going over the 30 hour limit. This has no good ending.

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