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I am noticed that many Country Clubs in the area I live are

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I am noticed that many Country Clubs in the area I live are reducing from hiring full-time employees (less than 30 hours) to avoid paying medical benefits. In fact, the clubs are encouraging to work for club A for 30 hours and work club b for 30 hours. Is this legal or a reality of corp companies finding ways to cut cost?
Good evening and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question.

Unfortunately, Obamacare is indeed having the unintended consequence of causing many large companies to reduce the hours of full-time employees below 30 hours per week so as to avoid the healthcare mandate.

This practice is not illegal unless the affected employees have contracts or a collective bargaining agreement in place that specifically guarantees them more than 30 hours. Otherwise, since employment in the state of Calfiornia is "at will," the terms of employment--including hours--can be changed at any time for virtually any reason, even if the reason is to evade responsibility to pay healthcare costs.

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