Friday, October 25, 2013

Jon Taffer's Advice For Bars To Get Around 'ObamaCare'

Jon Taffer was on Fox & Friends earlier this week promoting his book Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions, and talked about tips for business owners.  With it being Fox News, of course they had to ask him about 'ObamaCare' or the Affordable Care Act.  Jon stated that in the bar industry, he is suggesting adjustments where instead of switching to part-time employees, he is suggesting bars team up with each other and share employees.  For example, two bars could share an employee and have them work 20 hours at each bar.  That way the employees can work full-time, but businesses wouldn't have to deal with the regulations.  I'm not sure how many bars this would impact as I think you need 50 full-time employees before you have to provide insurance, which most bars have nowhere near that amount.

Jon also states in the interview that people need to stop blaming other people for their business failing and start blaming themselves.  At the end, Jon states that he thinks only 4 or 5 bars have closed, but as of now, the count from this site is eight.

Video of the interview is after the jump:


  1. Umm, I don`t know if you noticed but when he said 4 out of 5 he meant one out of every 5 bars closed, which is actually one less then the amount he predicted so its around 4.2 out of 5 bars have closed. just wanted to clear that up

  2. A typical bar won't cross the 50 full-time employee threshold to be required to provide health insurance (or pay a penalty).

    Sharing employees? If I owned a bar (or bars) with 50+ full-time positions I would be happy to "share employees" with the other more successful bars and chains in the area and, once I got to know the workers, I would be even more happy to offer their best workers full-time jobs with benefits.

  3. He actually said what the Updates author posted, "4 or 5 have gone belly up."

  4. Jon Taffer's Butt FunnelJuly 15, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Maybe employers should just install a series of butt funnels that take 20 hours per week to work your way through to reach the POS system/timeclock