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One easy fix would be to designate anyone who is paid for more than 20 hours a week OR in three of the last five years by the same organization to be a "full-time worker" and cover them under existing laws and regulations. This would overcome the scam of using "employment agencies" - the people receiving the service would have to pay for full- time help PLUS the overhead of the agency so they would go back to hiring the people directly.
Posted by Olderscout66
No the best solution would be to end this broken system of employment based health insurance and institute a government administered form of single payer health insurance like expanding Medicare to cover everyone. That would solve the problem right away since employers would no longer be required or forced to be paying the lion's share of health insurance costs.
It is no secret that full time workers are far more productive than part time or temporary workers and that given a choice, most employers would much rather have a stable force of dedicated full time employees who contribute to the company's profitability. However there is still a need and a market for temporary workers. Many companies have seasonal and short time busy seasons where they need to hire larger numbers of employees to get the work done. At the same time there are many people out there who do not want full time work and would much rather have the flexibility of temporary and part time work.
College students, mothers (and fathers) with young children as well as many retirees would much rather work on temporary assignments or part time rather than full time so companies that need part time or temporary workers will still be able to use them. But if someone wants full time work, they should be able to find it. Without the hassles and problems of health insurance (or being uninsured because one chooses to work temporary or part time rather than full time) should not be an issue and would not if the United States joined the rest of the developed world in adopting some form of single payer where everyone is covered and the cost of it is borne by the individual through taxation rather than imposing a burden on the business community.
Another benefit would be that employers, freed from the burden of health insurance premiums, might be able to pay their employees more in wages and salaries or spend money on other benefits like enhanced retirement plans or other welfare benefits. It would be a brave new wonderful world for workers in the United States as well as opening the door to a much more prosperous society.