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Health care law could bring fewer working hours for some employees

The Affordable Care Act has some companies considering cutting some full-time workers' hours to part time so they won't have to provide health coverage to so many employees.
By CANDICE CHOI and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Modified: October 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

Paul Keckley, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Statistics, noted follow-up legislation might be needed to ensure companies don't shift more workers to part-time status to avoid providing coverage.

This summer, McDonald's Corp. Chief Financial Officer Peter Bensen said in a conference call with investors that the chain was studying factors impacting health costs, including its number of full-time workers.

Nationally, 60 percent of companies offer health benefits, but the figure varies depending on the size of the company. Nearly all companies with 200 or more workers offer benefits, compared with 48 percent for companies with 3-9 workers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.