To Avoid Obamacare, Some Schools Cut Hours of Hard-Pressed Adjuncts to Avoid Rules on Insurance

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    Jan 22, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
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    The federal health-care overhaul is prompting some colleges and universities to cut the hours of adjunct professors, renewing a debate about the pay and benefits of these freelance instructors who handle a significant share of teaching at U.S. higher-education institutions.

    The Affordable Care Act requires large employers to offer a minimum level of health insurance to employees who work 30 hours a week or more starting in 2014, or face a penalty. The mandate is a particular challenge for colleges and universities, which increasingly rely on adjuncts to help keep costs down as states have scaled back funding for higher education.

    A handful of schools, including Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania and Youngstown State University in Ohio, have curbed the number of classes that adjuncts can teach in the current spring semester to limit the schools' exposure to the health-insurance requirement. Others are assessing whether to do so, or to begin offering health care to some adjuncts.

    In Ohio, instructor Robert Balla faces a new cap on the number of hours he can teach at Stark State College. In a Dec. 6 letter, the North Canton school told him that "in order to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act…employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week."
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    Jan 22, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    Supply and demand dude. As universities do this there will be less qualified people working in these fields, and those who are qualified will demand that they get proper hours to work. Overall the school is going to be spending more fighting Obama care than they will to just embrace it.
    Also now under Obama care these workers can get an individual policy. So not having a group policy will not be as worth it.