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  •  Law says 30 hours a week (5+ / 0-)

    It doesn't say take a worker's time for the year and divide by 8.  It simply says every worker who works more than 30 hours a week gets healthcare, those who work less, don't.

    Many employers like Walmart already limit "full time" workers to 38 hours to deny them true full time benefits.  They will now define "full time" as 29 hours to deny healthcare benefits as well.

    The law was explained to you wrong, and employers are doing exactly what I describe.  

    •  If that 29 hours is over 3 days (5+ / 0-)
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      bobinson, Sue B, DuzT, chigh, Creosote

      that's still 5 hours of OT.
      In CT and CA, the law is anything over 8/day is overtime. Even in a 10 hour (one day) week.
      One of the problems with "flex-time" (since that is also part of Cantor's agenda) is when it's imposed by management, not as a convenience to the worker but to the employer. Particularly with Part Time workers. I know several people who have no idea what next week's schedule will be. And that lack of a regular schedule means that they can't take another job, can't predict when they will be able to do kids/school stuff, et cetera.
      Changing the shifts constantly jacks workers around and keeps them poor.
      And I've seen it happen where the worker's schedule is changed without notice and the worker then is penalized for missing a shift, I guess they were supposed to call in every day to find out if they are working that day.
      Overall, it's a lousy system and now, seems like they're trying to make it worse.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:37:13 AM PST

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    •  Yep, they are. My daughter is (0+ / 0-)

      already experiencing the lack of hours and they told her ACA was why.

    •  The Rs would say that Walmart is actually creating (0+ / 0-)

      more new jobs that way. Nobody ever said that the new jobs had to pay a living wage. Or had to schedule the 29.99 hours over a five day period in eight hour increments. I have an acquaintance who works for one of the big boxes, and she has a part time schedule, which includes the first work hours of the business day and the last ones, but nothing in the middle, save having to be there six or more hours between the two 'shifts' without getting paid at all.  

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