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.