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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 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 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. 

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

Dennis Naughton February 28, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Note to Steve: My comments on Patch are my own, and have nothing to do with any position I might hold except by coincidence. The DSC website contains the state party platform and should you wish to read it, I encourage you to do so. The platform is generated and revised regularly by an open, grass roots process. In fact that process is in high gear right now. It will generate the platform that will be adopted at the July 13, 2013 Democratic State Convention in Lowell. The Foxborough Democratic Town Committee will host a platform hearing at the Foxborough Public Safety Building on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
deb of see-attleboro February 28, 2013 at 06:55 PM
That's right. I do recall visiting a DD on the Pawtucket/Seekonk line that did not allow tipping. Leaving this up to the franchisee is pretty dumb, IMO. I think it would be beneficial to the employee, the patron and the DD brand to have a singular policy regarding tipping. Having said that, I know many people who do quite well at chain coffee shops.
Steve February 28, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Ok so i "your" own words please answer my questions- If pouring coffee does not exemplify the perfect job to pay minimum wage what does?? What jobs should pay minimum wage if not counter help???? “They particularly exploit immigrants and others who cannot find other employment that pays a decent wage.” How is giving a job to someone that “cannot find other employment” exploitation???
Dennis Naughton February 28, 2013 at 07:47 PM
My personal response @Steve: I do not know what the hierarchy exists behind any given DD counter. However, for entry level staff, a minimum wage of $9.00 would be satisfactory to me at present. That is why I support raising the federal minimum wage to a minimum of $9.00. Further, all DD's should allow a tip cup on the counter in addition to that $9.00 wage; many franchisees do not currently allow this. Regarding exploitation of immigrants----that can take a variety of forms, certainly not all economoic, depending upon whether the individual is here legally or illegally. People who really need a job, or who may be here illegally may be required to do all kinds of things out of fear of reprisal or dismissal--not all of them work. Please note here that I am not saying that this is the case at DD, as I have no such evidence.
Steve February 28, 2013 at 08:49 PM
But your direct quote was at Dunkin Donuts "They particularly exploit immigrants and others who cannot find other employment that pays a decent wage"....Those are your own words, cut and pasted from your own post. So you agree that counter help should pay minimum wage, you just disagree with the current minimum wage. Let me ask you somehting about raising the minimum wage, doesn't that just increase the rate of inflation? And when the Minimum wage gets raised so does everybody elses rate go up and then the cost of manufacturing goes up anf then the price we pay at the stores goes up and by the time we finish, the person making minimum wage is actually making less money when you figure in inflation??

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