“And now, our Treasurer's Report,” said Xander, CEO of the Watchers' Council International..
“Guys, we have a problem, or we will very soon,” said Willow.
“I thought our finances were doing well. We did not make any mistakes with our investments, did we?“ asked Rupert Giles, the Chairman of the Board.
“No, Giles. That isn't the problem. I just went over our employee list. Right now, we have 362 Slayers in the United States. Only 283 of them are active; 32 are too young, 23 have retired under the Family Rule, 10 have injuries that they cannot overcome, and 14 just didn't have the temperament. Of these, only 10 have full-time jobs with WCI; the rest are counted as part-time employees, or as independent contractors. The IRS would probably disagree with that.
“We also have 20 magicians, but only 8 are full-time. We have 25 Watchers, but only 12 are full-time. We have 10 full-time analysts, 2 doctors, a nurse, a lawyer, 4 US Board members, Dawn, and Xander.”
Buffy said, “I don't get it, Will. What's the problem?”
“That means we have exactly 50 full-time employees, Buffy.”
Farther Abernathy groaned. “It means that we are subject to the provisions of the PPACA, which is something I cannot and may not support.”
“You're not the only one, Father. Both Rifka Kohn, Chief Slayer for New York City, and Jon McGregor, Watcher for the Upper South, have been very vocal about that. It's also something we cannot afford. You do know we self-insure, right?”
“We wouldn't want Blue Cross to know about the medical problems our Slayers deal with. They heal fast, which means that anything that puts them into the hospital is pretty horrific,” said Robin Wood.
“I've run the numbers. Either we pay ridiculous costs for Obamacare-qualified insurance, losing Father Abernathy in the process, or we pay 3K per person to the Feds, or we fire somebody. And we have to act before 2013.”
Xander replied, “Don't do that, Willow. I think I have a temporary fix. Mary Taliaferro is full-time, right?”
Willow typed on her computer for a moment. “Mary Taliaferro, Chief Slayer for the Northwest Region, full-time, yes. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.”
“Well, she's fallen in love with a Detective Inspector in Vancouver, British Columbia. I'll transfer her there, and I'll do something to soothe Phyllis Franklin, Slayer for Vancouver. We'll be down to 49 again.”
“That's only a temporary solution,” said Father Abernathy.
“Well, we voted for it.”