posted on May, 4 2013 @ 02:17 AM
Just a thought: with the healthcare plan taking effect (relatively) soon, I wonder if there's currently a trend toward cutting a significant amount
of 30-39 hour/week "non-critical" positions to sub-30 hours and hiring more part-time employees to fill in the gaps. Not to suggest there's a
unified conspiracy among large employers to do so, but it will be interesting to see if this becomes a trend this year.
This could save on healthcare costs/fines for the employer, continue a shift from "employee" to "worker" in perception (the power of words!
"law enforcement" vs "police officer" etc) which could contribute to the further marginalization of the working class as expendable/exchangeable
cogs, and make it appear as though unemployment is going down as it technically is in the sense that someone new was hired on to take a slice of the
over-30 hours that were shaved off here and there by an employer.
Granted, this theory doesn't account for the costs associated with hiring/training these new part-timers, but it might not matter in the long
run... or the short run, for some positions that could be split into two or three part-time positions with minimal training for the new hires or by
having the ex-full-time employee training their new coworker.
If this DOES become a trend, I would expect it to happen slowly, as with many things.
Of course this little thought excursion here has no backing or evidence or anything, so take it as you will.
....Then again, maybe everything truly is well and good and the economy and job market are on the up and up.