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CCAC Cuts Hours for Part-Time Faculty, Staff to Avoid Obamacare

The move will cut credit hours for adjunct faculty and temporary part-timers to avoid full-time status but will not affect permanent part-time workers who are already eligible for the college's health care plan.

Community College of Allegheny County is cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers as of Dec. 31 in a move to save money by not having to provide health insurance coverage for them under the Affordable Health Care Act

The cuts would affect staff at CCAC–Boyce Campus in Monroeville as well as CCAC's Braddock Hills Center.

The Post-Gazette reports that, according to CCAC's president, Alex Johnson, the move is to save money during a time the college faces a funding reduction.

But according to the Post-Gazette, some of the employees affected, including 200 adjunct faculty members, feel the decision is an attempt to circumvent the national health care legislation that goes into effect in January 2014.

The decision affects only temporary part-time employees and not permanent part-time employees who already are eligible to participate in the college's health care plan.

For more about the plan that Johnson presented to Allegheny County Council last week and reaction from adjunct faculty affected by the cuts, check out these stories:

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Morgan Hawkins Drain November 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Companies used to take care of their workers. It earned them loyalty and a dedicated workforce. It's a pretty sad state of affairs when companies don't care about these things, and effectively cut off their nose to spite their face. All these companies (like this, Olive Garden, Papa John's, etc.) are doing is increasing their turnover rate, since employees have zero reason to stay at a job that offers them nothing more than a paltry wage when something better comes along. It's a shortsighted decision really.
Joe Patriot November 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
The law (ACA) should not affect non-profits, where many of the employees do not work a traditional "business hours"-type schedule. Education should be exempt from this new "full-time" status provision.

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