Staples Slams Obama for Accusing Company of “Shirking Responsibilities”

Staples is firing back at President Obama after he accused the company of trying to shirk certain responsibilities of his signature healthcare law.

Obama blasted the office supply giant in an interview with BuzzFeed after the news outlet reported that Staples had threatened to fire workers who clocked more than 25 hours a week. The restrictions on hours, according to BuzzFeed, were an attempt to avoid fees under the Affordable Care Act.

But the same day that the interview published, a spokesman for Staples slammed Obama’s comments and said that he “appears not to have all the facts.”

“It’s unfortunate that the president is attacking a company that provides more than 85,000 jobs and is a major tax payer,” Staples spokesman Mark Cautela said in a statement, adding that the company “is a leader in helping associates build a secure future.”