Public Sector, Particularly Schools, Limiting Part-Time Employment Because of ACA

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Many public-sector organizations across the country have limited or reduced part-time employment to less 30 hours a week “to avoid providing them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act,” according to the New York Times. Although coverage requirements are to be eased for larger employers, employers’ 2015 obligations will be based on the hours employees work in 2014. “Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.” Government officials point out that the private sector’s options for passing on additional costs to customers are limited, unlike the public sector.