Wednesday, May 8, 2013

UC Berkeley: Obamacare Putting Millions Of Part-Time Workers At Risk Of Seeing Cut Hours

The horrors stories, from a multiple of angles, about what will happen to workers as Obamacare starts to kick in continues to expand.

The latest news comes from a new study completed by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, according to the report, millions of part-time U.S. workers may see their hours cut because of Obamacare.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act will put some 2.3 million workers at the greatest risk of reduced hours, reports HuffPo.

Beginning in 2014, larger employers may face penalties if they don't offer health benefits deemed affordable under the law. To avoid such costs, some employers have cut the hours worked by some of its employees.

Ken Jacobs, chair of the labor center at UC Berkeley, told the Huffington Post that employers are not likely to force all full-time employees into part-time work due to factors that include additional administrative costs and productivity decreases. Instead, those at highest risk are workers in predominately low-wage industries that are right on the cusp of what is considered full-time work under the law.

The industries with the highest concentration of Jacobs’ at-risk workers are restaurants, accommodation and building services. The 3.6 million workers who report that their “work hours vary” could have their hours jeopardized as well, according to the study.


  1. My niece has been told she will be limited to 28hrs per week at her Pizza Hut job. She joked about quitting all together and going full g'mint doll.

  2. Under Obamacare, the only discriminatory actions allowed by insurance companies involve smoking. Cost to insure a smoker are expected to be about double a non smoker. Expect smokers to be cut to part time status.