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College Cuts Part-Time Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Provisions of Health-Care Law

As of December 31, the Community College of Allegheny County is reducing the workload limit for temporary part-time adjuncts from 12 to 10 credits per semester so that the Pennsylvania institution will not be required to provide health benefits to them. A spokesman for the American Association of University Professors said his organization had not heard of such an action’s being taken at any other college.

To Community College of Allegheny County’s president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health-insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving measure at a time the college faces a funding reduction. But to some of the employees affected, including 200 adjunct faculty members, the decision smacks of an attempt to circumvent the national health-care legislation that goes into effect in January 2014.

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