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Workers Hours Cut by Obamacare.

On January 22, 2013, in Economy, Health Care, by Paul Swansen

Workers Hours cut by Obamacare, is becoming more of a trend rather than simply a specific business anomaly. Fast food provider, Taco Bell was a recent participant in this move.

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the way the legislation reads, it’s created a huge incentive for employers of all types to reduce current employees below the 30-hours threshold.

According to the PPACA,

Only a large employer may be subject to penalties regarding employer-sponsored health
insurance. A “large employer” is an employer with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees
during the preceding calendar year. In order to determine whether an employer is a “large employer,” both full-time and part-time employees are included in the calculation. “Full-time employees” are those working 30 or more hours per week. The number of full-time employees excludes those full-time seasonal employees who work for less than 120 days during the year. The hours worked by part-time employees (i.e., those working less than 30 hours per week) are included in the calculation of a large employer, on a monthly basis, by taking their total number of monthly hours worked divided by 120.

What is interesting to note is that even the part time employees, those working less than 30 hours a week are a part of the overall calculation.

As we’ve recently noted, college students are being hit by the massive health care cost increases as a result of the PPACA. Now it’s time for their instructors to join in the fray. Due to the ever increasing costs of health care programs, and the exponential regulatory growth of health care mandates, institutions of higher learning are now feeling the pinch as well.

Maricopa County Community College District the maximum teaching load for adjunct faculty is nine load hours per semester. Service faculty will be limited to twenty hours per week.”

Palm Beach State College of Florida has announced that it will begin limiting the hours adjunct instructors can work in order to avoid new requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

Pennsylvania Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has already slashed the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time teachers. The changes mean an adjunct faculty member would make $14,600 — “just a tick above the poverty level.”

Youngstown State University in Ohio has already created caps on the number of hours its adjunct faculty can teach.

It’s probable that the associated teachers unions were not paying attention when these items of the PPACA were introduced. Had they been paying attention, would they ever have supported the president?

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1 Response » to “Workers Hours Cut by Obamacare.”

  1. Dallas Heltzell says:

    Companies have been cutting back full-time positions to avoid paying benefits for a decade. It’s what Wal-Mart is known for. Doing what they’ve already been doing and now blaming it on Obamacare is simply sour-grapes posturing by business owners who are too immature and petulant to accept the fact that they lost an election and are now exercising a bit of spite they should have grown out of in junior high. What these shortsighted CEOs aren’t counting on is what’s already happening — a whole lot of public-relations damage, which has already led a few chains to reconsider.

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