by Julie Tisdale
City & County Policy Analyst
So, a weak economic recovery and concern about the costs of the Affordable Care Act are driving employers to offer fewer full-time jobs and more part-time. And even those part-time jobs that are offered have increasingly erratic schedules. For employees, presumably the people who are supposed to benefit from the new law, it makes it harder to balance work and family responsibilities like child care, simultaneously work and attend school, or (ironically) even schedule doctors appointments.
…employers also are worried about the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act, she says. That federal law soon will require employers with 50 or more full-time workers to offer affordable insurance to employees working 30 or more hours per week.
Not hiring full-time workers right now reflects “strategic thinking on the part of businesses that fear they are going to face higher costs,” Mathur says.
Such concerns were reflected in survey results released Tuesday by Sageworks, a company that analyzes the financial results of private companies. The poll of 300 accountants who work with private companies found that 2 out of 3 say concern about the new law is.
Is there any way this can possibly be good for employees?