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Wendy's Responds to Obamacare; Cutting Hours for Workers

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 haven't 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?

DJ January 11, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Please do yourself and other a favor and stop spreading propaganda. AHCA has its quirks that need to be fixed, but it is not about "free care". Its about providing everyone with access to insurance....big difference. It does have the medicaid component, but that is not what is being expanded. Your being a sheep lied to by the right and the industries that have screwed you all along and continue to by asserting these preposterous falsehoods that you are buy into without blinking. Use your nugget man and read, read, read!!!
DJ January 11, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Who was paying your insurance prior?
DJ January 11, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Hey, the uninsured, high costs and greedy insurance companies are what got us here. How can everyone be so forgetful? You need to insure yourself, period. Otherwise you end up in the ER on the rest of our tax dollars and that wasn't working for anyone. Pay now, pay later, but for goodness sake, stop buying into the bologna.
BH January 11, 2013 at 07:22 AM
People don't even like the idea that everyone be insured, that is insane to me. So if someone has no insurance, certain challenges that prevent them from really moving up in their careers (not disabled etc) they break their leg in a car accident, take an ambulance to the hospital and require surgery, do people have any idea how expensive that will be and who will pay for it if they can't afford thousands in medical bills?? Would you rather pay for it or have their employer foot the bill?
Daniel F. Devine January 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM
HOW DARE YOU ! ~ Call Businessmen & Women " S C U M " ? Businessmen & Women are & always have been the backbone of America ! I see that you've been sucked-in to the Obama "FAIR-SHARE" bull-crap (those damn rich people). It won't happen, but it's time for some of the M I L L I O N S of freeloaders & con-artists to get out of the wagon & help pull it! Although lots of people think so, there's NO FREE RIDE! The wagon is overloaded & the wheels are about to fall off.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Let's not hurl insults and then claim to be outraged when others do the same. Tone down the rhetoric and have an actual discussion. Also, there is no need to write in all caps. It's distracting and annoys most people.
paul January 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM
This story is just another reason to not eat at Wendy's. The food is not good for you and some franchisees are too cheap to have a health care plan. Fastfood is not a job that people strive for, it's what you do when you are between jobs or if you can only work part time. Not having benefits is another reason to update your resume' and look for another career.
Daniel F. Devine January 11, 2013 at 01:34 PM
SINCE YOUR CRITICIZEMENT APPEARS TO BE DIRECTED TOWARD ME, BE ADVISED THAT I WILL NO LONGER BE READING OR COMMENTING ON PATCH. REMOVE ME FROM PATCH WEB SITE IMMEDIATELY!
Louis Ruan January 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I wonder how you would feel if this new law asked YOU to provide health insurance for your baby sitter or Gardener?
Louis Ruan January 11, 2013 at 04:04 PM
It is funny that you mentioned you wouldn't want to share on providing for the cost of health insurance, but it is easier for you to want businesses to do it, let me guess you must not be a business owner
Louis Ruan January 11, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Ask millions of people who frequent most of the fast food chains in this country, just about everyone of them serve breakfast. If Wendy's breakfast did not do well how do you expect them to afford the bill for health insurance? How many people you receive services from will you be providing health insurance for? Wait let me guess, you can not afford it
Emcee of Seekonk January 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
@Louis... "...you wouldn't want to share on providing for the cost of health insurance, ..." Coming or going, we pay for our own healthcare. If the company pays for it, they pass the cost on to the consumer. The advantage of an employer paying is that they participate in an insurance pool and get better rates.
Louis Ruan January 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
You speak like working at a fast food chain is a shame, these people work hard and are earning a living. Companies like this provide jobs for many people that would otherwise be unemployed, if they did not have jobs who do you think would be paying their bills? No, not the government, but tax payers. Hopefully you pay enough taxes to cover for all of them.
Louis Ruan January 11, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I believe everyone is responsible for their own, you are absolutely right, companies will have to increase prices to afford the bill. So who do you think is really paying for it? Must people believe when they say "let the employers pay for it" that the money just appears in pockets. As a I understand this, soon we will be paying $12.00 for a hamburger and $8 for a gallon of milk will you be able to afford that? Last time I checked, this wasn't Cuba
Emcee of Seekonk January 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Prepare for inflation. With the high price of fuel comes high prices on everything transported by truck, air, even freight trains. Now, with Obamacare, we might find just about everything costing a bit more besides. Then there is the constant printing of money which devalues the dollar. People of fixed incomes feel it the most.
Janet Sroczynski January 12, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Time to pitch in and give some employees a hand on the job search. Try: 1) http://www.Inc.com and when at that website in the upper right hand corner key in under: "Inc 500/5000 List" -and up will pop The 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America List. Complete with direct links for immediate job application work to begin. Best of good luck to all of those who need help and assistance in finding a new job that offers health insurance and prosperity.
Russell January 17, 2013 at 04:56 PM
uh, MOST burger places serve breakfast. Many of the sandwiches are pretty good.
Russell January 17, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Exactly. Obama is an idiot. If I were a business owner, I would be forced to do this too if I couldn't afford outrageous healthcare premiums.
Russell January 17, 2013 at 04:59 PM
When did it become a requirement that your employer ALSO had to provide you health insurance??? Do you want them to pay your car insurance, too? I support Wendys (and Papa Johns, Taco Bell and all the rest. They are sound business decisions). What we need is to repeal Obummercare.
Russell January 17, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Daryll, spoken like somebody who is living off of the welfare teets.
Russell January 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
DJ, perhaps they didn't have insurance. It's not against the law, you know (well, it WASN'T)
Russell January 17, 2013 at 05:03 PM
wrong, wrong, wrong. Why do people say that when you go to the ER is't free and paid for by health insurance. I work in a hospital and I can tell you it is NOT free. We must provide care, without question, irregardless of the ability to pay; however, they WILL get a bill. If they choose not to pay, they WILL be sent to collections (just like any other bill). If they don't pay then, well it will hurt their credit score and they won't be able to borrow money, etc. Educate yourself!
Russell January 17, 2013 at 05:04 PM
So you would rather your employer foot the bill for YOUR injury. You definitely sound like an Obama voter.
Russell January 17, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This is just another reason TO eat at Wendy's. Great food. Blame Obama!!!! He's the idiot to caused this.
Daryll Dowty January 18, 2013 at 02:26 AM
@Russel, You know nothing of what you speak. I spent a33 year successful career in service to my fellow man and trying to make the worlds better place. My wife ran a homeless shelter for 25 years. We are both educated, well read and successful. We also know how Obamacare works and why it is good for our country. The greed and avarice of today's business model in this country has lead is to this despicable situation we are in today, and no amount of hoarding or crying poor mouth or gnashing of teeth will change the fact that we have to take care of the less fortunate and those that are mental or physically incapable of taking care of themselves in our society. If we fail to do this our society will collapse.
Russell January 18, 2013 at 01:13 PM
And you know nothing of what YOU speak. I work in a hospital. People think hospitals/doctors make way too much money. We can't even pay our bills on a monthly basis. Every two weeks we are skrimping to just cover payroll. Doctors may not be skrimping, but they are not overpaid. They have dedicated over 8-12 years of their lives to education and deserve what they get. Now Obamacare wants to make health screenings FREE, annual exams FREE. Guess what? Nothing is free. We have to pay the staff, buy supplies, etc. for these free exams for the "less fortunate". Obamacare will close many hospitals down and you will see many others stop taking these patients because what is paid doesn't even cover expenses. You make your own fortune. It is not my job to take care of them. I just need to take care of my own family.
Daryll Dowty January 18, 2013 at 04:34 PM
@ Russel, I have never accused health care workers of " making too much money " for what they do except for those guilty of fraud. I believe that huge profits are taken by the insurance companies and other assorted nefarious denizens that get rich( see CEO compensations at AIG and others) while charging outrageous premiums to individuals, and denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. I support single payer national health care, over the broken system we have now.
Russell January 18, 2013 at 04:45 PM
So you think CEO's who make, say $20 million or whatever a year are wrong to do so? They are "nefarious". Interesting. Here's the thing. Public companies are run by Boards of Directors. They pay the CEO whatever price they choose to pay (and that the market can bear). Who are YOU to determine how much a person makes is "too much"? I make $35,000 a year. What if I said that I thought it was outrageous that the person down the road made $100,000 a year. I think he makes too much money. I think he is "nefarious". What about Bill Gates? Does he make "too much" money? The way I see it, he created a product that had a group of people willing to pay for it. He deserves every penny he has made. Don't be jealous of others. As far as insurance companies denying coverage to those with a pre-existing condition. Well, you know, it IS a business. I don't see a problem with that at all. I do NOT support single payer national health care. Buying insurance is a CHOICE. It absolutely should NOT be mandated (just lilke the Supreme Court has ruled, by the way).
Daryll Dowty January 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM
In short, YES.
Russell January 18, 2013 at 05:37 PM
than you are wrong.

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