Adrianna Macintyre: Friday News Dump: Wonkbites:
A late-Friday news roundup is still a Friday news roundup. Or so I tell myself.
- If the ACA will force part-time hours, we should already be seeing it. We’re not. One of the arguments against Obamacare that gets trotted out frequently is that it’s a “jobs killer”—it will motivate employers to reduce hours below the 30/week threshold that constitutes full-time for the purposes of the employer mandate. In order to assess penalties for 2014, the feds were going to look at data for 2013 employee hours, meaning the move toward part time should already be happening, and we should be seeing more people just below that 30-hour threshold. If you look at the data, the number of workers reporting 26-29 hours a week has not grown significantly since 2012.