NPR has a feature on the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) and its impact on the workforce. Specifically, the piece focuses on whether the Act's requirement of health care coverage for companies having 50 or more full-time employees is driving businesses to shift from full-time to part-time employees.
This has been a hot topic in recent weeks and has been covered by media outlets and blogs across the political spectrum. See, e.g.:
- Wall Street Journal, 2/22/2013
- Investors' Business Daily, 3/5/2013 and 4/24/2013
- MSN Money, 4/1/2013
- KGET.com (NBC affiliate), 4/17/2013
- Enrepreneur.com, 4/18/2013
- Fiscal Times, 4/25/2013
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4/25/2013
Whether to characterize workers as full-time or part-time (as well as other questions relating to categorizing a company's workforce) are complex issues requiring fact-specific analysis and consideration. These issues will be covered in further posts over the coming weeks.