Obamacare

Obamacare forces Denny's restaurants to cut workers' hours, add five percent surcharge to customers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Obamacare, Denny''s, surcharge

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Americans were told during the recent campaign cycle that elections have consequences, and we're beginning to see some of them in the wake of President Barack Obama's reelection.

One of the biggest consequences so far is economic fall-out from "Obamacare," the president's love-it-or-hate-it healthcare "reform" law. A number of companies warned prior to the election that they would have to trim operations if Obama and enough of his supporters remained in office because they campaigned on promises to keep the law intact.

That's a problem, said business leaders, because the law contains hugely expensive requirements that are set to take effect beginning in 2013 - mandates they must comply with in order to remain in the good graces of government bureaucrats. So many are doing what they have to in order to keep their doors open: cut or lay off staff and close unprofitable or marginal production sites, in order to remain profitable.

'I've got to pass the cost on'

One of those business leaders is John Metz, a Florida-based restaurateur who owns and operates 40 Denny's family-style eateries as well as the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise. He said recently he plans to add a five percent surcharge to customers' meals in order to pay for Obamacare's required health mandates. He also said he will have to cut back on employees' hours.

It's not that he wants to see his customers and employees suffer, mind you. "Although it may sound terrible," he says it's his "only alternative" if he wants to keep his business afloat.

"I've got to pass on the cost to the customer," he said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

"If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a five percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare," he told HuffPo.

Metz's company, RREMC Restaurants, also owns several Dairy Queen franchises. He says he planned to use the surcharge in all his locations beginning in 2014, when Obamacare is fully implemented.

Metz said he will begin holding meetings in all his eateries beginning in December to discuss the surcharge and to inform employees "that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately."

Scheduling employees fewer than 30 hours per week means Metz's company won't have to comply with the law's mandated health insurance coverage.

It might be a hard sell, so to speak, but Metz hopes the meetings with employees will inspire them to action rather than alienate them.

"What we're going to ask them to do is to speak to their elected officials, to try to convey what this means in terms of their jobs and their livelihoods," he said.

Under Obamacare, companies with more than 50 full-time employees must offer up an approved health insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 per employee to the federal government for each full-timer over 30 hours.

"I think it's a terrible thing. It's ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40," Metz said, adding the change is likely going to force many of his workers to find second jobs.

Other food chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are also considering reducing employee hours to fewer than 30 per week.

"Obviously, I'd love to cover all our employees under that insurance," said Metz. "But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don't make $175,000 a year. I can't afford it."

The job hemorrhaging has just begun

Scores of other firms are considering similar measures to cut employees' hours or cut the number of employees altogether. Some of them include:

-- Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, said in September it would lay off 10 percent of its workforce, or about 250 people, because of Obamacare's Medical Device Tax.

-- Dana Holding Corp., an Ohio-based global auto parts maker, warned their employees of potential layoffs, citing "$24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. healthcare expenses." The company has already let go a number of white collar positions and has hinted at more to come.

-- Stryker, one of the world's largest medical device manufacturers, "will close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December," The Washington Times reports. Because of the Medical Device Tax, the company is looking at trimming its global workforce by five percent, which would amount to about 1,170 jobs.

-- Boston Scientific, another medical device maker, plans to cut anywhere from 1,200 to 1,400 jobs, while shipping many other positions overseas, to China.

This is by no means a complete list, but suffice it to say, Natural News will continue to follow the economic fall-out caused by Obamacare and other economically destructive government policies.

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://cnsnews.com/node/607533

http://www.washingtontimes.com

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.