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Dunkin' Brands Takes Stand Against Obamacare

The Canton-based company is lobbying the White House to change its definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to 40 or more per week, according to reports.

Canton-based with locations in Foxborough, 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 24, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Let's have Dunkin' dislose their balance sheet, putting their money where their mouth is.Anyone who patronizes Dunkin' is well aware that they employ people at minimum wage. They particularly exploit immigrants and others who cannot find other employment that pays a decent wage.
Janet Sroczynski February 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Classic. Let's have Dunkin' disclose how many Foxboro area residents they are keeping employed. Including Foxboro High School students, seniors and mom's hours for those who want to work just a few hours. Include all taxes that Dunkin' Donuts has paid to the town of Foxboro, to help keep residential property tax rates at a reasonable level. How many students at Foxboro High School have received their first job at Dunkin' Donuts? How many students have applied through the years to the Dunkin' scholarship? How many have applied this year? How many will apply next year? How many people first started working at Dunkin' Donuts, only to realize that college was possible for them, and a college degree in the culinary arts was within reach. Apply for that scholarship! And enjoy a good cup of coffee!
Steve February 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM
If pouring coffee does not exemplify the perfect job to pay minimum wage what does?? I’m not trying to be coy or funny here. Dennis, 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??? Boy I have never felt farther away from the Democratic Party thinking then I have in the last 5 years!!
R. Hood February 25, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Unbelievable! Can we have an article that doesn't offend this man's left wing Liberal agenda!? It speaks of an invidual who has never worked one day in the private sector and who is going to spend the rest of his life strapped to the Goverment trough. Wasn't it Speaker Pelosi who rammed this bill thru Congress, so Scott Brown couldn't vote, and said just pass the bill we'll read it later. Every Economist said Obamacare would be a jobs killer and I'm afraid this is just the tip of the iceberg. By the way this is, also, happening in the Public Sector.
Steve February 26, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Dennis, As a state Democratic committee member and town committee Chairman I really do believe you owe it to us readers to explain your above comment regarding Dunkin Donuts. Please read my statement below from yesterday and respond so that we can get an accurate representation of the Democratic view with regard to minimum wage and who should receive it. 8:35 am on Monday, February 25, 2013 If pouring coffee does not exemplify the perfect job to pay minimum wage what does?? I’m not trying to be coy or funny here. Dennis, 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??? Boy I have never felt farther away from the Democratic Party thinking then I have in the last 5 years!!
R. Hood February 26, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Steve, Don't hold your breath and believe me he's seen all the comments. His silence speaks volumes about (all) his assinine statement(s)! Talk about needing to "Flag As Cuckoo!" ,
Steve February 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Dennis, still waiting for some clarification here. As a "leader" you should explain your above comments to the public.
R. Hood February 27, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Steve, your first mistake is calling this man a leader. this country will never have a political solution to an economic problem, just look at Europe! just think a reitried public employee has hit the lottery when he/she retires. The average male will live to age 75. the average state employee retires after 25 years and earns more in retirement on a yearly basis than when working. that means that particular individual will earn 1,500,000.00 over the next 20 years, plus........medical coverage which is worth another $1,000,000.00. Imagine that a person in his/her position will put in less than $20,000 over 25 years of work and take out $2,500,000.00, that's better than Hillary Clinton's return on investments, now who is a taker? with this type of fiscal thinking it's not a surprise liberals have this type of understanding about economics....they have a personal vested interest in remaining an arogant elitist.

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