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  •  well, i own a small business. (2+ / 0-)
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    Futuristic Dreamer, wonmug

    I'm not sure this makes sense.

    First of all assume I have 10 employees working weekdays 8 hours a day. Then say suddenly I have to reduce their hours to 36, four days a week. First of all, I'm quite positive that i wouldnt rush out to hire a new person to cover the "lost hours". If I don't have the revenue to support the additional hire, how could I?

    What I would do is give existing employees flex time. Some would work MTWF others TWTHF others WTHTF or something so that I didn't have a day without ANY staff.

    And depending on the TYPE of business (this wouldn't be the case with mine) but in, say, retail, it would simply mean more work for those employees who ARE on shift.

    Good on you for thinking creatively and outside the box. Maybe there's a way to do this ONLY with large corporations?

    It's the difference between losing a fight and refusing one. (h/t Kossack james richardson)

    by mdmslle on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 07:41:11 AM PDT

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    •  I agree it has to be only for large corporations. (1+ / 0-)
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      mdmslle

      In fact the law couldnot be passed unless it only affected industries engaged in interstate commerce.

      I should have put that part in the writeup.

      •  The latest data I have seen says that 57% of the (3+ / 0-)
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        workers in the country work for enterprises with more than 100 employees.

        If the law restricts the hours reduction to just those enterprises it still creates 7.5 million jobs, drops the Unemployment rate to 5% and generates 25 billion dollars a year in new revenue.

        •  I think it makes sense. How does the program (1+ / 0-)
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          neroden

          prevent firing or other abuses? What safeguards would need to be put in place to prevent abuses? Couldn't an employer just fire one 36 hour worker and hire a part timer or a lower wage worker to make up the difference?

          It's the difference between losing a fight and refusing one. (h/t Kossack james richardson)

          by mdmslle on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 08:53:47 AM PDT

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