While some companies have announced plans to cut workers' hours to get around Obamacare requirements, a convenience store chain has decided to take the exact opposite approach.
The company that owns Cumberland Farms convenience-stores and the Gulf Oil brand will maintain or expand workers' hours to make 1,500 more employees eligible for health benefits under Obamacare, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Starting Jan. 1, 2014, employers must provide health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours a week or pay a penalty.
Officials at Cumberland Gulf Group, based in Framingham, Mass., said the increased costs for care will pay off with better employee retention and customer service, the Journal writes.
"We could have pushed everybody under 40 hours below 30," Ari Haseotes, president and chief operating officer of the company's Cumberland Farms division, told the Orlando Sentinel. "We're making a proactive effort here to go above and beyond, and clearly differentiate ourselves in the job market as a place to come to work."