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ERIC Number: EJ1002566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-22
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Colleges Are Slashing Adjuncts' Hours to Skirt New Rules on Health-Insurance Eligibility
Dunn, Sydni
Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 2013
Allison G. Armentrout, an adjunct instructor at Stark State College, does not get paid by the hour. She earns $4,600 to teach two English composition courses. But now she carefully tracks how many hours she works on an electronic time sheet. During a recent week, she spent three hours preparing for her lectures, close to six hours in the classroom, and 16 more grading assignments for a grand total of about 25 hours. So she can breathe a sigh of relief because she will not lose her job: She came in under the college's new 29-hour-a-week wire designed to keep her ineligible for health-care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Stark State, in North Canton, Ohio, is among a growing number of colleges that have limited the number of weekly hours part-time employees can work to keep them below the level at which employers are required to provide health insurance. Under the new law, which takes effect in January 2014, employees of large companies who work 30 hours or more a week must receive health benefits from their employers. In the case of Stark State, each course was evaluated by department chairs, deans, and faculty members to determine how many hours were needed to teach it. Ms. Armentrout says she has considered reducing the number of pages she requires for her essay assignments, to cut back on the grading time. But, she says, she has to be careful not to violate page requirements set by the Ohio Board of Regents. Most weeks, she works 22 or 23 hours, she says, so it is not an issue. "But everyone wants to know: What happens if we go over?" Ms. Armentrout says some faculty fear that if their average work weeks are ever over the limit, the university might not renew their contracts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio