Report: Guthrie Taco Bell employee hours cut due to Healthcare mandates
One employee at the Guthrie Taco Bell tells a Oklahoma City television station that her hours, along with her co-workers, will be cut down due to the Affordable Care Act, or as she and many others call “Obamacare”.
In an interview with KOKH Fox 25, Johnna Davis, an employee with the store since September, said a store meeting was held and empoyees were informed of their hours being cut to no more than 28 hours starting in 2013 so that ownership could legally avoid the Care Act.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The new legislation will require businesses with 50 or more workers to provide affordable health care for their employees starting in 2014 or pay a penalty of up $2,000 per worker. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees — that’s 96 percent of all companies, according to CBS, will be exempt. They won’t have to do anything.
Davis said she was told she would work enough hours to qualify for an insurance plan for her family, including three children, when she was first hired.
However, with the down grade to the part-time status, she will not be able to qualify for those benefits.
Several reports across the nation show similar signs such as the ownership team that runs the Guthrie Taco Bell.
The owner of Five Guys, with 10 New York franchises and 250 employees, told CBS News he’ll probably have to reduce the staff to some degree, and again, focus on building smaller stronger team rather than being as aggressive in opening up new stores and creating new jobs.
Treadwell Enterprises, out of Springfield, Missouri, not only operates the Taco Bell in Guthrie, but according to their website operates 9 other locations in the state, including Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ruby Tuesday, and Hut Hot stores. In total, the ownership group works in 11 states.
Guthrie News Page contacted Treadwell Enterprises via phone and email on Monday morning on this report, but was informed the Human Resources contact was out of the office until Friday and the Controller was in a meeting. According to Fox 25, their calls and email were unanswered.