Today the Times had an interesting article about how agricultural companies in California would have trouble complying with the ACA, and giving low-income workers healthcare. It will be tougher for these farms to avoid adding this roughly $1 cost per month:
Across the country, employers in many other kinds of businesses are devising strategies to comply with or, in some cases, sidestep a new requirement to provide insurance for those who work 30 hours or more. Some are breaking their businesses into smaller companies, for instance, or even laying off workers. Some companies plan to shift workers to part-time status.
But in the vast, fertile fields of California’s Central Valley, part-time labor is not realistic. Pruning, picking and packing produce is full-time, nearly year-round work.
“You can’t put your ag workers on a 28-hour workweek like Starbucks, Denny’s and Walmart are considering,” Mr. McClements said.
I wouldn’t have bothered mentioning it, other than the byline:
This article was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Huh? I’ve been reading the Times for years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a byline like that.