Eight locations of Gators Dockside, a Florida casual dining restaurant chain, are charging an "ACA Fee" for Obamacare costs that haven't taken into effect yet. (STEPHEN M. DOWELL, Orlando Sentinel / February 28, 2014)
Eight locations of Gator's Dockside, a popular Florida casual dining restaurant chain, are charging a fee for Affordable Healthcare Act costs that haven't taken into effect yet.
The locations are adding a 1 percent "ACA Surcharge" to customers' bills, CNN Money reports.The Gator Group runs eight locations, four in Jacksonville and others in Eustis, The Villages, Clermont, and Lakeland. The company claims the charge is to offset Affordable Care Act costs, but the employer mandate of Obamacare that will require Gator's Dockside and other employers to provide healthcare coverage to 70 of its full-time employees won't go into effect until 2015.
Only the restaurant's managers are receiving healthcare currently, according to CNN Money.
According to the Gator's Dockside Facebook page, the chain has two owners. The 13 other Gator's Dockside restaurants, which are run by a separate firm and its franchisees, are not implementing the fee.
"There are 13 of the 21 total restaurants that do not charge the surcharge," Joe Foranoce, Jr., Director of Operations for Gator's Dockside said in an email. "And we believe it is the cost of doing business and chose not to pass this cost on to our guest in the form of a surcharge."
Gator's Dockside operates nine metro Orlando restaurants that are not adding the surcharge.
For the eight locations that have implemented the charge, the additional fee is listed on customer receipts and signs are posted around the restaurant.