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Wendy's Responds to Obamacare; Cutting Hours

The Wendy's Corporation has not yet formulated a plan to respond to the Affordable Care Act as a Nebraska franchisee will cut non-managerial positions to 28 hours a week.

Officials from the Wendy's Corporation said they have not formulated a plan to respond to the Affordable Care Act after a Wendy's franchisee in Nebraska announced that they would cut employees' hours to avoid providing health care.

"We are still reviewing our approach to the Affordable Care Act, when the employer mandate goes into effect in 2014," said Wendy's Corporate Media Contact Bob Bertini of company-operated restaurants.

The company does not provide a breakdown of company and franchise restaurants, said Bertini. In the immediate area, however, the Wendy's Restaurants in Marlborough, Westborough and Southborough are all operated by Wendy's Corporate.

Gary Burdette, the Vice President of Operations for the franchise that covers 100 Wendy's in Nebraska, told WOWT Channel 6 in Omaha, Nebraska that all non-management employees hours will be cut to 28 hours a week to avoid providing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. According to the information in the report, the cuts would affect roughly 100 employees.

This decision is by one franchisee in Nebraska, said Bertini.

"Our franchisees are independent business people, and they make the decisions regarding benefits for their restaurant teams," he said. "As small business employers, our franchisees are facing rising food and operating costs and many new government regulations."

Let us know what you think of the hourly cutbacks by this franchisee in the comments. Will it change your buying habits at your local Wendy's?

Steve Burnett January 11, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Paul, not to be hyper critical, but you are waving the "deceptive" flag here. The franchisee owns 11 stores as reported by WOWT-TV in Omaha. interesting were commenting on the writing of the story not the content or impact that the ACA bill is having on small businesses all over the country.
Paul Bishop January 11, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Steve- the article isn't about Wendy's, or the store on Rt 20. I just feel that representing that this is "wendy's" and the store on rt 20 is not true. One good step in having what might be a reasonable discussion would be actually referring to the actual story in play, which is about a single franchisee and his stance that hourly workers don't deserve healthcare. As I pointed out, it's clear that as it is, the story will be misread... look at the first comment.
Joescarp January 17, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Only the "chosen few" don't have to live with Obamacare. "Not that exemptions to ObamaCare (also known as the “ACA,” Affordable Care Act) haven’t already been made. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, no fewer than 1,200 waivers and exemptions to the sweeping new law have been granted by the Obama Administration. Among those who have been granted exemptions or fully waived from implementing the law among workers or members are: McDonald’s United Federation of Teachers AARP Jack in the Box Teamsters locals nationwide Pavers and Road Builders District Council Indiana Area UFCW Union Locals and Retail Food Employers Waffle House Nevada New Hampshire Maine Aetna Cigna Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Universal Orlando Aspen Skiing Co. Ashley Furniture/Homestore PepsiCo Downstream Casino Resort Firekeepers Casino Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Enterprises Panera AMF Bowling Ruby Tuesday Foot Locker The list is far, far too big to post here. But the fed does post online all those who have received waivers. Staggering. Worth mentioning is that 40% of all those granted waivers and/or extensions from President Obama‘s landmark legislative victory are unions, and fully 20% of those granted waivers are in the California district represented by Democrat and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Muslims, Christian Scientists and the Amish will also be exempt.
Joescarp January 17, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Oh. And I forgot. The President and the Congress also don't have to live under Obamacare. Silly me.
Steve Burnett January 17, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Now youre being factually incorrect and biased when you say "...his stance that hourly workers don't deserve healthcare." Did he actually say that? I saw nothing in this story or any others where he said that.

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