There are many multi-million dollar employers that are being put into a predicament that they have never faced before, Obamacare. They have a struggle with covering employees, not covering them, or laying them off. Most employers are opting to laying off the part time people and moving their full time people to part time. What ever strategy they take, it has bad consequences. And your PR could go from good to bad.
When you lay off or reduce full time people to part time, you risk an image disaster. You also risk having your products getting behind in shipping to the markets. Most importantly, you risk having your employees being able to afford to stay healthy to work. Could I offer a suggestion or two that may help?
First, why not keep all of your employees, and if you have to reduce the full timers to part time, give them a raise. Raise the full time to part time employees pay to the level that their take home would not be effected. In other words, if a full time employee takes home $350 a week, make sure that they can still take home $350 a week as a part timer. Why? Simple economics on their part. They have a budget to keep. They have rent, mortgage, insurances, food, and fuel to buy for vehicles and heat. They also have utilities to keep on. You will be saving money not buying their health insurances,
at least they can afford to pick some of the slack. And everybody knows, that if employees are suffering to keep things going, you can bet that the bosses, even those at the very top, are not even losing a dime. They are still living comfortably. That is bad PR. You can run extra shifts, or overlapping shifts to keep business as usual. Your customers would still be happy, your employees would still be happy. And your loyal employees would still be loyal.
The extra cost to do that would still be cheaper than implementing Obamacare. And you still might be able to give your part time employees the full benefits they had, and you would not be obligated to Obamacare, since it seems to affect full time employees. The cost of following Obamacare does not trickle down. It gushes down to the employees' families. Suddenly they struggle to pay for things like gas. If their pay drops to $150 or less, the price to fill their tank will be $45 to $75 or more to be able to go to work. So let's do the math: Mortgage/rent $695, groceries $530, gasoline $180, utilities $130 equals $1535; if part time pay is 150 take home, that equals to $600 a month putting the family at a $935 deficit. That doesn't factor in hospital, doctor, or clothing bills. They were already in the hole if their monthly take home was $1400 by $135. Now you would say that's not my problem, they can find cheaper housing, cut corners etc., etc. That is not the point. Are you willing to make that sacrifice yourself?
All that I am asking is keep their income level the same as full time on part time, keep their benefits going at their full time level, and you would not have to be tangled up in the Obama insurance scheme.
Think this over with your cohorts, you might find away around the Obama insurance dictatorship.