Employees at various Wendy's restaurant locations in Nebraska will work fewer hours this year, reportedly due to costs associated with Obamacare.
Under the new healthcare law, businesses with 50 or more "full-time" employees must offer health benefits to their staffers working between 32 and 38 hours. Non-managerial workers at Omaha-area Wendy's will see their hours cut to 28 hours a week, according to local NBC affiliate WOWT.
Gary Burdette, vice president of operations for the Wendy's franchise, acknowledged the cuts are an attempt by the franchise owner to reduce the number of full-time employees at his Wendy's locations to avoid offering health care benefits to his staff, according to WOWT.
Wendy's spokesman Denny Lynch stressed in a Huffington Post interview that the decision of franchise owner Scott King was his alone and not "a company decision."
"Our franchisees are independent businesspeople, and they make the decisions regarding their restaurant teams. As small-business employers, our franchisees are facing rising food and operating costs and many new government regulations," Lynch said.
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