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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—with three locations in Stoneham—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 this past week.

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.

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. 

Stoneham has three Dunkin' Donuts locations at  128 Franklin St., and 62 Montvale Ave.

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

Mark February 27, 2013 at 09:18 PM
This Administration is systematically destroying this country......... on purpose!
deborah gudzevich February 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Oh, I get it. Stores have always kept people on a 38 hour week so they did not have to pay benefits. The new health care law would force them to take care of their people.
Patricia February 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Deborah, I hate that the government is "forcing" businesses into anything, especially when it can do financial harm to a small business. The costs of providing health care to a larger group of employees is going to present the small business owner with difficult decisions. Since there is a cap on what business owners can afford, the decision may be to layoff. It seems that today our true heros are the small business owners that can continue to operate in such a hostile environment.
Mark February 28, 2013 at 03:38 PM
DD, DQ, MacDonalds and all the other fast food, ice cream shops and mom and pop sandwich/breakfast shops are not meant to be careers. I hope this isn't the career path your High School Guidance Counselor steered you towards. These jobs are for college students, retirees, and people supplementing their incomes. These jobs provide part time employment for those who want part time while they go to school. Its a win win for both employee and employer. You want health benefits I hope you would aspire to something greater. The only people who like to force anyone to do anything are Dictatorial Regimes.
deborah gudzevich February 28, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Most of the people working at these places are aspiring to be something greater. They want to be American. I know this is a very hard time to run a small business. This is a very hard time for many things. Giving a little help along the way isn't really an evil thing.
Patricia March 01, 2013 at 03:11 PM
"Giving a little help along the way isn't really an evil thing." No one said it is, but the government played this hand and not too well it seems. Businesses can only afford so much between taxes, payroll, expenses. They are not a bottomless money pit that many make them out to be.
deborah gudzevich March 01, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Well Pat, what do you suggest we do? So many places keep people on 35 to 38 hour weeks, now. Almost full time, but no benefits. Mass has Romney care. It's not the best, but it is something. Is that more in line with what you would like to see happen on a federal level?.

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