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.)
Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, takes over our health care blog this week.