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More hours cut due to ObamaCare at government agencies and schools

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2014 at 7:53 AM
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Democrats made a game effort to pretend that ObamaCare wasn’t cutting hours and killing jobs.  There was a rash of malarkey-infused “academic studies” last year, purporting to “prove” there wouldn’t be major losses to hours worked by employers seeking to evade the mandates.

We’re past all that now.  Yesterday’s Democrat spin is dead and gone, a pile of dessicated lies we’re supposed to forget they told.  Reality crashes down upon us in waves, from blockbuster Congressional Budget Office estimates to news items about state agencies announcing that they’ll take “hard looks” at people who work more than 30 hours per week….

 

… to universities, such as the Colorado Mountain College, likewise announcing they’ll be holding part-time hours down to evade the crushing burden of the Affordable Care Act.  From CampusReform.org:

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is prohibiting adjunct professors from working over 30 hours per week to minimize the large financial impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA, often-called Obamacare, requires that large employers offer insurance to all employees who work more than 30 hours a week — but CMC will just cut hours to avoid having to pay for the insurance.

CMC public information officer Debbie Crawford toldCampus Reform that the college relies heavily on adjunct instructors — it employs approximately 600 of them — because they give the school the flexibility to “change with student needs each semester.”

“We are open enrollment, so that means students can enter at whatever level they need, so our student body changes greatly from semester to semester,” Crawford said in an interview on Tuesday. “It wouldn’t be financially prudent to just add more full-time faculty without considering all of the expenses.”

Campus Reform mentions that “the practice of cutting employee hours to avoid buying them health insurance has angered unions and other advocacy groups.”  You can say that again.  300,000-strong labor union UNITE HERE just published a report on ObamaCare that says it will create even more inequality in the workforce by, among other things, giving employers incentives to cut hours below 30 per week… the very same phenomenon Democrats were decrying as a figment of Republican imaginations not long ago.

 

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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 7:56 AM
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Up the road here at UNC -

Where every professor voted (twice) for Obama.

- they are throwing shit fit tantrums - screaming how could this be?

Hilarious.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Thanks for the feature Cafemom you rock

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Mar. 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty

Statement on the Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty Positions (April 2013)

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) affirms that access to health care is a basic human right and that no one should ever be denied access to quality health care. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as “Obamacare”) represents a major step toward making that right a reality. Specifically, PPACA is designed to provide health insurance coverage for millions of Americans who are currently uninsured, thereby increasing access to quality health care.

Implementation of the law has raised a number of questions, among them how the law will be applied to faculty members in part-time positions. One provision of the new law, scheduled to take effect in January 2014, requires employers with more than fifty full-time employees to provide health benefits to employees who work thirty hours a week or more. To comply with this portion of the law colleges and universities must calculate the weekly working hours of part-time faculty members who are typically hired and compensated per course or per credit hour, rather than hourly or on a percentage basis.

The AAUP supports guidelines under development by the IRS that explicitly address part-time faculty members, a category of individuals who are often ignored and treated as if they were invisible despite comprising more than half of U.S. faculty positions. Proposed rules issued by the IRS in January don’t provide an exact formula, but they say that employers “must use a reasonable method for crediting hours of service.” They continue:

A method of crediting hours would not be reasonable if it took into account only some of an employee's hours of service with the effect of recharacterizing, as non-fulltime, an employee in a position that traditionally involves more than 30 hours of service per week. For example, it would not be a reasonable method ... [in crediting hours for]  ... an instructor, such as an adjunct faculty member, to take into account only classroom or other instruction time and not other hours that are necessary to perform the employee's duties, such as class preparation time.

In addition to class preparation time, the AAUP recommends that institutions consider the following activities when calculating hours of service for part-time faculty members. The list is not comprehensive, but includes activities commonly engaged in by part-time faculty members:

  • Grading (taking into account class size)
  • Participating in orientation sessions
  • Participating in and preparing for departmental or other college meetings
  • Keeping current in the field (for example, by attending relevant conferences)
  • Meeting with students or responding to student inquiries
  • Mentoring students or advising extra-curricular activities or clubs
  • Participating in accreditation reviews

Colleges and universities should realize the importance of providing health insurance to employees; we call on them to comply with the law and devise fair methods of calculating adjunct faculty hours, methods that fully take into account the many activities in which such faculty members engage. We have been dismayed by news reports of a handful of colleges and universities that have threatened to cut the courseloads of part-time faculty members specifically in order to evade this provision of the law. Such actions are reprehensible, penalizing part-time faculty members both by depriving them access to affordable health care as intended by law and by reducing their income.

The national AAUP will monitor developments at institutions and remain alert to complaints regarding institutions that undercalculate and/or reduce part-time workloads for the purpose of avoiding the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We call on our campus chapters and state conferences to exercise vigilance at the local level and to work with members of the campus community as well as community organizations concerned with social justice and local unions in ensuring that college and university administrations comply fully with the intent of the law.

http://www.aaup.org/news/affordable-care-act-and-part-time-faculty

erika9009
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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Quoting -Celestial-:

Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty

Statement on the Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty Positions (April 2013)

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) affirms that access to health care is a basic human right and that no one should ever be denied access to quality health care. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as “Obamacare”) represents a major step toward making that right a reality. Specifically, PPACA is designed to provide health insurance coverage for millions of Americans who are currently uninsured, thereby increasing access to quality health care.

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YOu and I both know that part time teacher/profs spend more time on related things than they are paid for or are acknowledged they work.

However, this is simply a numbers game.  It costs $$ for medical insurance.  So, the universities are looking to save money because the health care costs are going up, not down.  Universities have to stay on budget, plain and simple.


Of course, my Ha Ha side (the insensitive side) is finding it oddly poetic as these profs were probably touting Obama and the Dems as saviors.


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Erika..

Children are a blessing and are never inconvenient.............

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

HA!!!  OBAMACARE being a problem...say it isn't so..

eye rolling

Debrowsky
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I was so hoping everything the Dems and the pres. has done would come to backfire on them. 

erika9009
by Silver Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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Quoting Debrowsky:

I was so hoping everything the Dems and the pres. has done would come to backfire on them. 

So far, it's looking like things generally backfire, or just plain don't do what they claim it will.


I'm still waiting for everyone in other countries to say they love us now.  

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Erika..

Children are a blessing and are never inconvenient.............

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