Obamacare has hit the silver screen and it’s coming soon to a theater near you.
Regal Entertainment Group, which operates under Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theaters and Edwards Theatres, has cut the hours of its non-salaried employees to 30 a week saying “the move was a direct result of ObamaCare,” Fox News reported.
Regal sent a letter to managers instructing them to tell employees whose hours were affected that the company was forced to manage its new healthcare budget in accordance with the Affordable Care Act “requirement that employees at companies of a certain size who work more than 30 hours per week be provided health coverage.”
Fox News reported the letter said, in part:
In addition, some managers have requested guidance on what they should tell those employees negatively impacted and, at your discretion, we suggest the following. To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Regal had to increase our health care budget to cover those newly deemed eligible based on the law’s definition of a full-time employee.
To manage this budget, all other employees will be scheduled in accord with business needs and in a manner that will not negatively impact our health care budget.
Regal has already seen the fallout, the article said. Managers needing full-time work are resigning.
A manager with Regal theaters told Fox:
“In the last couple weeks, managers have been quitting on a daily basis from various locations to try and find full-time work,” said the manager, who asked not to be named. “Regal up until now has never restricted anyone to anything below 40 hours.”
The manager told FoxNews.com ObamaCare has had the unintended consequence of taking food off his table.
“Mandating businesses to offer health care under threat of debilitating fines does not fix a problem, it creates one,” he said. “It fosters a new business culture where 30 hours is now considered the maximum in order to avoid paying the high costs associated with this law.”