In France, firms with 50 or more employees face far more stringent regulation than those with 49 or fewer. By an amazing coincidence, there are a large number of firms with exactly 49 employees.
The employer insurance mandate Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — kicks in at 50 full-time employees. By an amazing coincidence, many firms have begun shifting employees to part-time status.
Peter Suderman at Reason suspects it also will lead to far more 49-employee companies here in the U.S.
And, I suspect, he’s right.