In 2010 the Affordable Care Act was passed, which denotes that employers must provide affordable insurance to any employees who work 30 hours or more per week. Those who don’t offer this will be forced to pay a penalty once the act comes into effect on January 1st 2014. As a result of this impending deadline, a lot of businesses with part-time or hourly employees are considering cutting and re-jigging the working schedule of their workforce.
Some companies are choosing to go down a different route. Forward-thinking organisations like The Cumberland Gulf Group are purposefully increasing their employees’ hours to make them eligible for the insurance in an effort to gain better employee retention and customer service in the long run. The Massachusetts based company will be re-classifying 1500 existing workers as full-time to have them eligible for the affordable insurance.
Cumberland’s President and CEO has commented that the company has “sketched out all the options” and decided that employee satisfaction and retention should be a corporate priority. Working weeks of 32 hours will now be considered full-time and workers will be given the option to move up to this barrier or down to 29 and be classified as part-time.
Cumberland noted that full-time employees stay on between three and four times more than their part-time counterparts. The company also stated that they believe longer-tenured workers will deliver a better experience for the customer.
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