Youngstown State University will limit the hours of non-union part-time employees to ensure that the university is not required to provide them with health insurance coverage under Obamacare.
YSU, a public institution in eastern Ohio, announced to employees earlier this month that it is restricting part-time employees, including adjunct professors and lecturers, to 29 hours a week or less. Under the Affordable Care Act, the university will have to provide health insurance to full-time employees, classified as anyone working 30 hours or more per week.
According to an email sent to English department employees, which was obtained by The Huffington Post, anyone who violates the new hourly limit will be fired:
It’s crucial that you be vigilant about this cap as you consider additional teaching or tutoring assignments. If you exceed the maximum hours, YSU will not employ you the following year. We will have no recourse.
If you teach or work in another department part-time, it will be the TOTAL number of hours. If you teach in American Studies for six hours, you can teach a maximum of twelve semester-hours here over a year. If you work as a tutor, those hours are also important. Same issue: you cannot go beyond twenty-nine work hours a week.
Multiple requests for comment from YSU officials were either declined or not returned. Marilyn Ward, assistant to the provost, said via email that the policy “is still under development.”
Following two consecutive years of enrollment decline, YSU expects a loss of state funding. The university has already avoided filling some 100 vacant positions.
YSU becomes at least the second publicly funded school to announce it will limit employees’ hours to avoid paying for health insurance. The Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh said last week that it will cut the hours of some instructors to avoid Obamacare requirements. Like YSU, the community college cited state funding cuts and other financial strains as reason