College Cuts Part-Time Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Provisions of Health-Care Law

As of December 31, the Community College of Allegheny County is reducing the workload limit for temporary part-time adjuncts from 12 to 10 credits per semester so that the Pennsylvania institution will not be required to provide health benefits to them. A spokesman for the American Association of University Professors said his organization had not heard of such an action’s being taken at any other college. [Via The Chronicle of Higher Ed.]

To Community College of Allegheny County’s president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health-insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving measure at a time the college faces a funding reduction. But to some of the employees affected, including 200 adjunct faculty members, the decision smacks of an attempt to circumvent the national health-care legislation that goes into effect in January 2014.  Source: POST-GAZETTE