Wendy’s franchisee cuts the hours of 300 employees in response to Obamacare

In the recent past I’ve posted several examples of small businesses struggling to stay afloat while complying with the onerous Obamacare taxes, mandates, and penalties which will be kicking in soon. The survival strategies these businesses are employing range from cutting back on capital spending to reducing the number of jobs to reducing their employees’ hours to below 30 hours per week. In the latest installment, a Wendy’s franchisee in Omaha, Nebraska is cutting the hours of nearly 300 employees to 28 hours per week, via CBS DC:

OMAHA, Neb. (CBSDC) — Hundreds of Wendy’s workers are seeing their hours cut back because of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

WOWT-TV reports that nearly 300 employees at 11 Wendy’s locations in the Omaha area will have their hours reduced to 28 hours a week because the franchise owner says he can’t afford to pay his employees’ health care.

“It has a huge effect on me and pretty much everybody that I work with,” employee T.J. Growbeck told the station. “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.”

Gary Burdette, vice president of operations for the local franchise, told WOWT-TV that he can’t afford to keep the fast-food restaurants open if he has to pay for his employees’ health care.

Expect the scale and frequency of announcements like this to multiply in the coming weeks and months as businesses face the stark reality of Obamacare: either cut back on payroll or go out of business. The upshot is that an increasing number of workers will be forced by Obamacare to work two part-time jobs to support themselves and their families. More hope and change in the Age of Obama.

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