State governments starting to change part-time rules

Reports are surfacing that businesses and colleges are planning to reduce hours for part-time staff.

Now news is appearing that state governments are working the same plan.

Why?

Employees working under 30 hours don’t have to be provided health care under ACA.

My Way reports Governments may push workers to health exchange.

The Virginia state government is moving to require all part-time staff to work less than 30 hours a week. Washington state already provides health care to their staff who work 20 hours or more.

The details don’t appear in the article until the 14th paragraph, which says:

Under the proposal, which has been advanced as a way to help deal with a $1.2 billion budget shortfall, Washington state would make policy changes and secure agreements in which staffers who work between 20 and 30 hours a week would get extra compensation but lose state health coverage. They would then be eligible to get health care in the federal plan, without any consequence for the state.

That would push all staff working between 20 and 39 hours a week into the federal exchanges. Idea in play is to increase pay $2 an hour in return for dropping health insurance.

Will we see increasing numbers of employers taking this approach?

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