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Parsing Obamacare’s Impact On Employment

A new survey shows that despite worries about the health care law, chief financial officers anticipate improved hiring conditions over the next year, according to CBS News. Other media outlets report on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's challenge to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to visit Seaworld where he says employees' part-time hours have been capped to avoid the requirement that they be offered health coverage.

CBS News: Despite Obamacare, Execs Still Expect To Keep Hiring
Although chief financial officers routinely express concern about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their companies, they also expect hiring conditions to improve over the next 12 months, a new survey shows. Despite concerns over the expected impact of Obamacare when it take effect next year, the executives said they expect to increase the number of full-time employees hired by their companies by 1.8 percent, according to a new Duke University/CFO Magazine poll of CFOs at 530 U.S. companies (Von Hoffman, 9/11).

Fox News: Rubio Urges Sebelius To Visit SeaWorld Over Obamacare Hours Cut
Sen. Marco Rubio says if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants to observe the negative effects of ObamaCare, she needs to pay a visit to Shamu. The Florida Republican sent a letter to Sebelius Tuesday, urging her to speak with employees at Sea World whose part-time hours are being capped, he says due to rising costs from the health care law (9/10).

Orlando Sentinel: SeaWorld To Cut Hours For Part-Time Workers
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is reducing hours for thousands of part-time workers, a move that would allow the Orlando-based theme-park owner to avoid offering those employees medical insurance under the federal government's health-care overhaul. ... Under a new corporate policy, SeaWorld will schedule part-time workers for no more than 28 hours a week, down from a previous limit of 32 hours a week. The new cap is expected to go into effect by November. ... In its written statement, SeaWorld said the change "is intended to bring consistency to the part-time designation across the SeaWorld Parks system." It would not say whether the federal health-care law was a factor (Garcia, 9/9).

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