After receiving emails from several employees at Maritz in Kirksville telling us that hours were being cut, we did some checking.
We did receive confirmation from Sherry Ward, Vice President of Corporate Services, that effective July 1, Maritz will be limiting employees to no more than 25 hours each week.
In a written statement, Ward blamed the Affordable Care Act for the changes in hours. The statement reads in part, "the new guidelines require companies to proactively manage average hours worked on a weekly basis or incur significant additional costs."
Maritz employs a total of 300 people, full and part-time, in Kirksville.
Full statement from Sherry Ward, VP of Corporate Services....
"Like many other employers in Missouri and across the US, Maritz is taking steps to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is now the law. We talked to our 300 employees in Kirksville yesterday to educate them about the impact of the new ACA rules, regarding employees, that go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The new guidelines require companies to proactively manage average hours worked on a weekly basis or incur significant additional costs. As a result, effective July 1, 2013, Maritz is proactively managing our employeesâ?? hours to a 25-hour threshold, to ensure we comply with the new law."