Survey Reveals Colleges’ Plans Regarding Cuts To Adjunct Hours in Response to Obamacare
by Tyler Kingkade
Officials at Joliet Junior College, Palm Beach State College, Daytona State College, Bergen Community College and Kean University have decided to limit the hours/courses for adjunct faculty in order to avoid having to provide those faculty health insurance as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). At the moment, however, the majority of the nation’s adjunct college instructors are caught in purgatory as their employers, which have increasingly relied on them as a cheap source of labor, decide if they will restrict the hours the instructors are allowed to work to avoid providing them with health insurance.
Only about one-fourth of colleges have decided on criteria for determining whether a part-time faculty member is working 30 hours or more a week, and thus will be entitled under Obamacare to health insurance coverage from the school, according to a survey released this week by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. But a wave of colleges have announced new restrictions this year on the hours that adjunct, or part-time, faculty members are allowed to work.
No survey respondents said they believe the Affordable Care Act will cause their insurance costs to go
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