Report: Obamacare Hasn’t Driven Major Shift To Part-Time Work

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A new report suggests there hasn't been a significant trend towards shortening workweeks to less than 30 hours. | Photo by Nicole Lunger

Until the Treasury Department delayed the employer-mandate part of Obamacare, there was a widespread assumption that employers would start limiting workers to 29 hours a week, because they’d have to buy health care for anyone who worked at least 30 hours.

However, a report released last week by the Center for Economic and Policy Research suggests that the shortening of workweeks to less than 30 hours has not become a more common phenomenon. Although the percentage of workers clocking between 26 and 29 hours a week gone up slightly, the share of the workforce that reports working just over the limit is also up. The big declines are in the percentage of workers who put in 1-19 hours a week, 20-24 hours a week, or who report that their hours typically vary.

According authors Authors Rob Valletta and Leila Bengali, in any event, the impact of the Obamacare doesn’t seem to be driving part-time employment, and the ultimate effects are likely to be small.

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