Obamacare Revives an Old Question: Are Student Workers Employees?

Obamacare Revives an Old Question: Are Student Workers Employees? 1

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, is the author of one of two bills that would exempt colleges from a mandate that they provide health coverage to some student workers. Higher-education groups support the legislation.

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, is the author of one of two bills that would exempt colleges from a mandate that they provide health coverage to some student workers. Higher-education groups support the legislation.

Myron McDonald, 20, has a 2-year-old son, an off-campus apartment, and a tuition bill commensurate with his full-time course load at La Sierra University, a private institution in Southern California affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

He had a full-time job in the cafeteria to help him shoulder those expenses, until a university rule established in February limited student employees to no more than 25 hours of work a week during the academic year. Now, as fall