Oregon State Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Cut Hours to Avoid Paying Health Benefits
Concerns about colleges and universities cutting faculty hours to avoid paying health benefits under the new federal health care law has prompted state Senator Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, to introduce legislation to make the practice for all Oregon employers illegal.
Senate Bill 1543 is scheduled to get a hearing before the Senate Health Care and Human Services committee today at 3 p.m.
Dembrow, who has taught English at the Cascade campus of Portland Community College for years, and is a former AFT-Oregon leader, said he’s heard “through the grapevine” and has read news reports that some community colleges “have been advised to reduce their teachers’ hours” in order to get out of paying health benefits to some employees.
Under the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), companies that employ 50 or more employees are required to provide their workers with health insurance if they work an average of 30 hours or more a week.
“What I’m interested in is stopping them from reducing a person’s hours solely in order to
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