Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Florida have added a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their diners’ tabs, while at least one popular restaurant in Los Angeles has added a 3% charge to bills.
In Florida, The Gator Group said that the company had to implement “the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate
kicking in in 2015.” So even though their employees won’t get health insurance coverage until December, customers are feeling the pinch now.
The Gator Group employs 500 people, half of whom work part-time. Right now, they only offer health benefits to management. Instead of cutting their full-time employees to part-time to avoid the mandate as so many restaurants have chosen, the Gator Group decided to simply charge customers the added costs.
“I’m just trying to keep the employees I have that I’ve worked hard to train,” Sandra Clark, the group’s director of operations said.