The growth in laws and regulations in recent years have made it difficult for small businesses to make money and for its owner to earn a living. The time of independent contractors is over. If your chauffeurs are not employees yet, the it is time to make the change. Most of the industry already has done this or is in the process of doing it. What’s the next big monster we are going to see looming over us? I believe that it is Obamacare, also known as the ineptly named “Affordable Care Act.” For small businesses, it may well become the “Unaffordable Care Act.”
Pay attention to what big businesses are doing now to prepare for the impending Obamacare The yuppie grocery store chain, Trader Joe’s, is dropping health care for its part time workers. UPS had told its employees that it will stop offering health care to spouses. Watch the big guys to see that the playing field is going to change and it will change fast. Although it’s been delayed, it’s coming. You can be an ostrich with your head in the sand or you can be informed. In 2014, the reality of Obamacare will hit.
LCT Show East is planning a session on Obamacare that you don’t want to miss. The National Limousine Association’s lobbying group, Cornerstone Government Affairs, is bringing together experts who have their hands on the pulse of this critical issue. It’s difficult enough running your business without having to follow the ins and outs of what the government is doing.
Think about this:
- Obama care will make it easier for employees to job hop. If you already offer health care, you have a leg up over your competitor. Now everyone will be on a level playing field. How will you hire and keep good employees?
- Will you now choose to operate with fewer employees and change your model to a part-time staff? How much more work will this be for you?
- The seniors who work for you will now be able to get affordable healthcare and may not need to work for you to pay for their pre-Medicare health care. This is the pool of people who are best suited as chauffeurs.
- The cost of hiring additional employees could be staggering. According to Forbes: “Fearing a mass exodus of congressional staffers from Capitol Hill, the Obama Administration fudged the law to permit lawmakers’ employees to receive special taxpayer-funded subsidies of $4,900 per person and $10,000 per family.”
Bottom line: The same rules will not apply to everyone.
— Linda Jagiela, LCT contributing writer
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