In the most recent volley of firings related to Obamacare, mid-sized companies are getting rid of employees to fall between the numbers of 50-99 staff members. That is the most economical category for business owners to fall into with the onslaught of new fees due to the so-called “Affordable Care Act.” Employers with 100 employees or more will be forced by the new law to provide health insurance to all full-time staff.
They might be letting people go for this reason, but they aren’t allowed to say so, under penalty of law.
Is the latest delay of ObamaCare regulations politically motivated?
Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers to get under the threshold and avoid hugely expensive new requirements of the law.
Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions.
To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so. (source)
Maybe all of these people who lose their jobs NOT because of Obamacare will find that it’s actually a good thing. They can go spend more time with their families, as Congressman Ellison suggested last week in an interview.
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