Certain workers in Illinois just aren't getting the hours they used to.

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 9:40 PM

(KMOV) -- Illinois food and beverage employees’ hours have dropped to below 30 a week, according to data from Illinois Department of Employment Security. Those employees in 2011 averaged 31.5 hours a eek which is in contrast to the current 29.8 hours.

Retail trade and general merchandise sectors have experienced a similar trend.
 
“Everything to do with our business is on our shoulders. We carry the insurance and the utilities. It’s just one little man or woman against the world,” said Mary Hummert, owner of Pairabelles in Belleville.
 
Hummert believes the decline in employee hours is because the country hasn’t recovered from the recession. Reports have suggested that Illinois employees may be cutting hours because of Obamacare, since the Affordable Care Act defines a full-time employee as one who works 30 hours or more per week.  
 
Under the law, employers with more than 50 employees will have to provide health care for their full-time workers by January of 2015. Employing about 300 workers, Bella Milano restaurants will have to comply with the new law.  
 
One of the owners of the business says in recent years they have reduced hours for part-time workers.
 
“Most of the time when you’re adjusting labor, it’s going to be at the part-time level,” says Sam Guarino. Guarino said the cutbacks were due to the economy, not because of Obamacare.  
 
Guarino couldn’t say for sure if the new health care law and the drop in certain employee hours in the state were related.
 
“I’m not going to say it’s not.  I would tell you that I think most businesses are still so confused about the Affordable Care Act, “ says Guarino.

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