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Dunkin' Brands Takes Stand Against Obamacare

The Canton-based company is lobbying the White House to changes its definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, according to reports.

Canton-based Dunkin' Brands has joined the fight against Obamacare

The coffee and baked goods company is working to overturn a major provision of Obamacare, according to a Newsmax.com report.

Specifically, Dunkin' is lobbying the White House to change its definition of full-time work from at least 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, CEO Nigel Travis told the Financial Times, according to The Huffington Post.

There are seven Dunkin' Donuts locations in Framingham, including one downtown and one in the Mt. Wayte plaza.

The change would leave Dunkin', as well as other companies, with fewer workers to insure under the health care reform law, which requires large employers to provide health coverage to all full-time workers and their dependents. Those companies who fail to provide coverage could face a penalty of $2,000 per worker. The mandate applies to every company with 50 or more full-time employees. 

What do you think? Do you support the move by Dunkin' Brands? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jenn Bell February 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I'm curious as to whether their employees would prefer having healthcare at 30+ hours a week, or having their hours cut to less than 30 so that DD doesn't have to provide them coverage. Recalling my days as an hourly employee in the fast-food world, I'd rather have the hours than the benefits. But I was in high school, as were most of my fellow "less than full-time" coworkers.
KH February 25, 2013 at 04:36 PM
No, I don't agree with DD's lobbying against providing their employees with better care. If they want to boycott their responsibilities, I'm happy to take my business somewhere with better ethics.
Bob Berman February 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Has not seemed to hurt them in Massachusetts since our health care reforms took effect. They are already responsible to provide health care for those employees. MA requirements are far more stringent than the federal requirements will be, yet DD has somehow survived in the state.

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