In a rare instance of corporate criticism of a president, Staples Inc. on Wednesday said that President Barack Obama “appears not to have all the facts” when he criticized the company’s policy of limiting worker hours.
The news website BuzzFeed had reported earlier this week that Staples had toughened up enforcement of a rule limiting part-time employees to 25 hours. The story reported that the company’s stance was seen by many workers as an effort to avoid paying benefits.
Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, companies with more than 50 employees must pay for health insurance for people who work 30 hours a week or more.
In an interview on Tuesday, BuzzFeed asked Obama to comment on its Staples story.
Obama responded: “I haven’t looked at Staples stock lately or what the compensation of the CEO is, but I suspect that they could well afford to treat their workers favorably and give them some basic financial security, and if they can’t, then they should be willing to allow those workers to get the Affordable Care Act without cutting wages. (Read more from “Staples Slams Obamacare Policy” HERE)