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A Florida Restaurant Group is Charging a Surcharge to Cover Obama Care”

A restaurant group in central Florida  is charging customers extra in an attempt to offset the costs for Obamacare.

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Diners at eight Gator’s Dockside casual eateries  are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15  cents on a typical $15 lunch tab. Signs on the door and at tables alert diners  to the fee, which is also listed separately on the bill.

The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees  won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it  implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead  of the Affordable Care Act’s employer  mandate kicking in in 2015.

“The costs associated with ACA compliance could  ultimately close our doors,” the sign reads. “Instead of raising prices on our  products to generate the additional revenue needed to cover the costs of ACA  compliance, certain Gator’s Dockside locations have implemented a 1% surcharge  on all food and beverage purchases only.”

The company employs a total of 500 people, with  about half working full-time. Currently only management receives health  benefits, but the restaurant will have to offer coverage to all full-timers once  the mandate takes effect. The fee will allow the company to continue offering  full-time hours to many workers, according to Sandra Clark, the group’s director  of operations.

“I’m just trying to keep the employees I have  that I’ve worked hard to train,” Clark said.

Source:   http://www.gumbumper.com

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