Thursday, January 8, 2015

Redefining Full-Time Adjunct Work

Inside Higher Ed
January 8th, 2015

As Republicans formally take control of a new Congress this week, one of the party’s top priorities is pushing through a change to President Obama’s health care law that many colleges are cheering but that adjunct faculty have criticized.
Both the House and Senate are expected to vote, as early as Thursday, on legislation that would redefine full-time work under the Affordable Care Act as 40 hours a week, up from the current 30-hour threshold.
Large employers, including colleges and universities, are now required under the health care law to provide health insurance to people working at least 30 hours per week. Otherwise, they have to pay a penalty. That requirement, known as the employer mandate, was originally supposed kick in last year, but the Obama administration delayed it until this month.

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