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Omaha Wendy’s Franchises Drop All “Non-Management Employees” to 28 Hours a Week

Get used to it.  This is going to be the “new nor­mal” in a post-ObamaCare America.

A fast-food chain is slash­ing employee hours so fran­chise own­ers don’t have to pay health ben­e­fits. Around 100 local Wendy’s work­ers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesper­son says a new health care law is to blame.

Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.” That’s how many hours T.J. Grow­beck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy’s restau­rant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers. “There are some peo­ple doing it try­ing to get by.”

The com­pany has announced that all non-management posi­tions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Bur­dette, Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions for the local fran­chise, says the cuts are com­ing because the new Afford­able Health Care Act requires employ­ers to offer health insur­ance to employ­ees work­ing 32–38 hours a week. Under the cur­rent law they are not con­sid­ered full time and that as a small busi­ness owner, he can’t afford to stay in oper­a­tion and pay for everyone’s health insurance.

There are 11 Wendy’s restau­rants in the metro. “It has a huge effect on me and pretty much every­body that I work with,” says Grow­beck, who under­stands the rea­son­ing and says other part-timers at other fast-food restau­rants are fac­ing the same prob­lem. “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.”


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