Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel Threatens to Fire Employees, Freeze Hiring Over Obamacare, Time for Boycott

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Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel Threatens to Fire Employees, Freeze Hiring Over Obamacare, Time for Boycott. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Applebee’s joins Chik-Fil-a in taking a political statement and will pay the price for their actions.  Zane Tankel, CEO of Applebee’s New York franchise, Apple-Metro, said he will fire employees and freeze hiring because of Obamacare. Yeah, right. I am sure there are a ton of other expenses they could eliminate, but as long as it’s for the employees, they’ll screw them over, every time, everyday. Under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, businesses with 50 people or more, must provide a health care option for employees by 2014. During an appearance Fox Business News, Tankel said he will not be able to hire new people because of the law:

TANKEL: We’ve calculated it will be some millions of dollars across our system.So what does that say — that says we won’t build more restaurants. We won’t hire more people — exactly the opposite of what the President says.

HOST: Do you feel under pressure to move to a more part-time workforce, as other restaurants are doing because of Obamacare?

TANKEL: The model’s been set. I’m sure all our people are watching this right now, so I don’t want to make any commitments one way or another. I just want to say we’re looking at it, we’re evaluating it, if it’s possible to do without cutting people back, I’m delighted to do it. But that also rolls back expansion, it rolls back hiring more people, and in a best-case scenario we only shrink the labor force minimally. Source

Watch Zane Tankel’s interview:

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.