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Obamacare in Action: Retail Workweek Hits 3-Year Low

rpexplorer Wrote: Feb 03, 2013 6:22 AM
Just the tip of the iceberg that is coming to the 40 hour work week. I think that we can now assume that the pace of introduction of robot replacements will accelerate. A prime target should be the education system where significant potential upside exists as a result of the failure of the current system. The 28 hour work week will become a reality for those who manage to keep a job and professionals will migrate towards "independent contractor" status. Very interesting times are coming.
Wumingren Wrote: Feb 03, 2013 11:47 PM
Independent contractors also have to pay 100% of payroll taxes, such as Social Security and Medicare. The self-employed contractor will also have to pay estimated quarterly income taxes to the IRS and shoulder the burden of understanding tax law like never before. As self-employed individuals, they will likely not qualify for group health insurance policies, so their healthcare costs are going to climb as well. In some cases, the independent contractor will also assume liability risks that might best be addressed by obtaining alternative forms of insurance. It becomes very costly to the individual to get bumped off the regular payroll and onto the independent payroll, and companies aren't going to easily compensate these people for it.

Hooray! The economy is adding jobs (supposedly). However, few look at the quality of the jobs, and whether or not they are part-time.

Jed Graham has a nice post on Investor's Business Daily that describes what I have been saying for months: Obamacare has accelerated the trend towards part-time jobs. There are more jobs, but fewer hours in them.

Please consider Retail Workweek Hits 3-Year Low In ObamaCare Shift by Jed Graham.