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Trader Joe's Kicks Part Timers Off Healthcare Plan

In a memo obtained by the Huffington Post, the grocery chain said it will give workers $500 to help find a plan under Obamacare's coverage exchanges.

(FILE | Montgomery Village Patch) According to a memo obtained by the Huffington Post, Trader Joe’s will stop covering employees who work less than 30 hours per week.
(FILE | Montgomery Village Patch) According to a memo obtained by the Huffington Post, Trader Joe’s will stop covering employees who work less than 30 hours per week.

By Roberto Scalese


Trader Joe's, the grocer once lauded for providing health care coverage to its part-time workers, is about to push those employees off its plan. 

The popular store operates stores in Montgomery Village, Rockville, Bethesda and Silver Spring.

According to a memo obtained by the Huffington Post, the company will stop covering employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week.

The change is set for the start of 2014. Instead of insurance, workers instead will get a check for $500 in January. 

"Depending on income you may earn outside of Trader Joe's, we believe that with the $500 from Trader Joe's and the tax credits available under the ACA, many of you should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little if any net cost to you," said Trader Joe CEO Dan Bane in the memo.

Companies with more than 50 employees are required to provide health insurance under Obamacare. Trader Joe's full-time staff will still get their company-based insurance. 

Costco Gas Man September 12, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Welcome to part time nation with a lower standard of living for all!
Adele Abrams September 13, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Guess I won't be shopping at TJs anymore. I thought they were one of the better ones, too. Very sad that they think so little of their workers.
tanisha September 16, 2013 at 06:59 AM
Believe it or not business exist to make a profit otherwise they would close their doors. They are being generous compared to most other companies that have part-timers.
Wendy Leibowitz September 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Under Obamacare, it won't matter if you work full- or part-time. You will be eligible for insurance, and covered. I'd love to work part-time, but it would mean losing my health insurance, which covers only full-time employees. I'm counting the days until Obamacare kicks in.
patricia September 17, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Wendy, how will you pay your bills, only working part-time?
tanisha October 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM
if you work less than 30 hrs a business does not have to cover you even under Obamacare.

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