Landy quoted in Law360 article on ACA’s 30-hour work rule

Landy quoted in Law360 article on ACA’s 30-hour work rule
4 Hurdles for Hospitality Companies Under The ACA’s 30-Hour Rule
October 22, 2013
Natalie Rodriguez
Law360

Joni Landy, special counsel in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Practice, was quoted in this article discussing the implications for hotels and restaurants of The Affordable Care Act’s definition of a full-time employee as one who works an average of 30 hours per week rather than 40, and the importance of four major compliance issues raised by the law that attorneys recommend hospitality companies spend the next year tackling. These issues include developing a system to track variable-hour employees, renegotiating collective bargaining agreements and union health care, considering a change to franchise ownership structures, and managing employees’ hours without triggering suits.

With regard to the first concern, Joni said, “The time companies must spend measuring a particular employee’s hours is calculated using Internal Revenue Service guidelines, which aren’t expected to change much when the IRS puts out final rules later this year.” As for tackling the renegotiation of collective bargaining agreements and union health care, Joni said, “The 30-hour rule will also have major implications for already negotiated union deals, which are often based on a 40-hour definition.”