A Duke University study based on feedback from 400 U.S. CFOs found that, among that small group, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is putting the brakes to hiring full-time employees.

Duke reported that "nearly half" of those who responded said the PPACA was motivating them to shift to the hiring of more part-time employees rather than finding the full-time workers they need.

The researchers said 20 percent of those responding said the PPACA will lead to fewer hires overall and 10 percent indicated they may lay off workers "in response to the law."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.