Health Care Law is Creating a Nation of Part-Time Workers

By Ray Pinard | April 8, 2013

An interesting article from the Free Enterprise web site

The Washington Post reports on an unexpected consequence of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The law could see businesses of all sizes switch to staffing services to manage their workforces:

Starting in January, employers with at least 50 workers must offer affordable coverage or pay a penalty. To stay under this limit, some are considering outsourcing jobs to specialists such as Kelly Services, Manpower, Robert Half and Randstad, whose stock prices have soared.

The health law is also prompting larger organizations to use temp agencies. By requiring employer coverage only for those who put in at least 30 hours a week, the act appears to create an incentive for companies to do less with permanent workers and more with part-timers, which are the main focus of staffing agencies.

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