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Q: When employers want to avoid paying for health insuranceSource: Bloomberg Businessweek

Question: I cut my employees' hours to 28 per week to avoid paying Obamacare. If an employee really needs 40 hours to make ends meet, can I hire him part-time at another one of my businesses without paying for his health insurance?

Answer: The short answer is no, although your question raises several issues for small business owners who are subject to Obamacare's pay-or-play rules, meaning they have more than 50 full-time employees (or the equivalent in full-time and part-time workers) and are thus mandated to offer insurance coverage. (Remember, small employers with fewer than 50 workers are exempt from having to offer insurance under Obamacare.)

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