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Obamacare putting pressure on your hiring decisions? Don’t worry, California has a solution. From United Liberty:
As the first state to establish an ObamaCare exchange, California is far too invested both monetarily and ideologically in government-driven healthcare to back down now. So its response to these concerns [about Obamacare cutting down full-time employment] is decidedly irrational: California is doubling down on ObamaCare. It’s simple, actually. The California legislature is currently advancing a bill that would make it unlawful for employers to reduce workers’ hours for the purpose of avoiding ObamaCare’s employer mandate.
Here’s an excerpt of the bill’s text:
This bill would make it unlawful for a large employer to, among other things…reduce an employee’s hours or work…if the purpose is to avoid the imposition of the penalty. A violation of those provisions would result in a penalty of 200% of the penalty amount the employer would have paid for the applicable period of time.
In other words, California — which had 9.4 percent unemployment in March, tied for third-worst in the nation with Mississippi — would define progress as moving from a system in which employers have an incentive to cut workers’ hours to one where they have an even greater incentive to not hire them in the first place.
But hey, the weather’s still great, so, really, who’s going to mind?