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SeaWorld Cuts Hours Due To Obama-Care (Shamu!)

From the Orlando Sentinel:

SeaWorld to cut hours for part-time workers

By Jason Garcia | September 9, 2013

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is reducing hours for thousands of part-time workers, a move that would allow the Orlando-based theme-park owner to avoid offering those employees medical insurance under the federal government’s health-care overhaul.

How long will it be before reducing hours is made illegal? Before blaming Obama-Care for anything is considered hate speech? Or at least ‘speaking against the revolution’?

SeaWorld confirmed the move Monday in a brief written statement to the Orlando Sentinel. The company operates 11 theme parks across the United States and has about 22,000 employees — nearly 18,000 of whom are part-time or seasonal workers. It has more than 4,000 part-time and seasonal workers in Central Florida.

Under a new corporate policy, SeaWorld will schedule part-time workers for no more than 28 hours a week, down from a previous limit of 32 hours a week. The new cap is expected to go into effect by November

And never mind what this does to Shamu and the other whales.

SeaWorld is by no means alone in cutting employee hours. With the new insurance requirements looming, more companies are opting to reduce part-timers’ hours. A recent survey by the human-resources consulting company Mercer found that 12 percent of U.S. employers — and 20 percent of retail and hospitality companies — say they plan to reduce workers’ hours specifically because of the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this summer, Orlando-based Earl Enterprises, which owns the Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant chain, acknowledged that it had cut hours for about 400 workers to fewer than 30 a week. The company’s founder said the move was unrelated to the federal health-care changes, though some employees said they had been told by managers that Obamacare was to blame…

Industry experts said SeaWorld’s move appears to be aimed at sidestepping the health-insurance law, which is commonly referred to as Obamacare….

"There is no other reason to change your cap from 32 hours to 28 other than" the Affordable Care Act, said Duncan Dickson, a former human-resources executive at Walt Disney World who is now an associate professor in the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management…

Again, expect this kind of ‘sidestepping’ to be criminalized any day now.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “SeaWorld Cuts Hours Due To Obama-Care (Shamu!)”

  1. Wait’ll the Little People all Blue in Democratic States find out their 20 hour work week at the Wal-Mart will never bee the same shift twice. One day you get 4 hours in the morning. The next two days your two hour shifts are 12M – 2am. Then the next day 6am – 8am. And on and on ..

    … while the mortgage, the rent, the car payments, the kids day care, medical bills, groceries and tax bills will be 24/7.

    Good luck.

  2. Reality Bytes

    I knew there was something fishy about Obamacare. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. bousquem25

    The cutting of hours has become so common now it is sad. The hospital I work at either cut the hours in my department or new hires are hired on a base of 24 hours making them part time even though we normally are pulling 36 hour weeks. The management isn’t coming out and saying it but I think it’s because of the employer healthcare mandate. I work for a catholic hospital in their mental health facility. Mental health is already one of the lowest reimbursment rates for any insurance (private or public) and what the hospital is getting paid keeps dropping every year. Since the next closest hospitals are at least an hour away if not farther (not assuming they have open beds but just that there is another facility) the state promised years ago to pick up the tab for the difference between reimbursment and the operating costs we generate as the facility is not-for-profit. The checks used to come in october, then it was later. Now the managment isn’t sure if they are even going to get an IOU from the state in late January for the expenses from the previous year.

  4. captstubby

    after reading your post,
    i am reminded of this in regard to what you and what many others must face daily.

    Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion is an 1812 oil painting by John Martin. It has been called “The most famous of the British romantic works…

    Sadak endures a range of trials — a tempest at sea, a plague, evil genii, a subterranean whirlpool — before he attains his goal.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?s.....4,s:0,i:93

    • Wow! That painting is phenomenal. For many years I endured the self induced depression of alcohol and drug abuse. Coming out of that fog felt just like the way the character in that painting looks. Exhausted, relieved and thankful.

      I’d never seen that painting before. I’m going to have to find a poster or have it printed on photo paper. Thanks captstubby!

  5. captstubby

    your welcome.

    its what Family does for each other.

  6. BillK

    But isn’t this OK, given the animal rights activists would like to see Sea World shut down altogether?


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