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Some local employers cutting to part-time due to Obamacare, but not all


MADISON (WKOW) -- An analysis of the U.S. job market by Reuters news agency shows that 3/4 of the one million hires this year were for part-time positions, blaming the trend on tepid economic growth and worries over Obamacare.

But at least one statewide staffing agency CEO says he is not seeing the same trend in Wisconsin.

Jim McNett, CEO of ABR Employment Services, says the majority of employers his company serves are primarily seeking full-time help.

But at least one local organization has already sought to reduce its staff size due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In an internal memo leaked to 27 News, Lands' End informed part-time employees in February that they would see a reduction to 29 hours a week or less due to the Affordable Care Act.

The memo states: "For some of you, working less hours may be what you wanted. For others, these new governmental guidelines may be very difficult. These guidelines applies to all companies in the US (unless they have less than 50 employees or are non-profit)."

The guidelines referred to in the memo require companies like Lands' End to provide health insurance to all employees who work more than 30 hours per week.

But in July, the federal government delayed implementing that requirement until 2015.  Lands' End has not told 27 News whether they are still sticking with their decision to reduce part-time hours.




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