Federal mandate causes Perry Co. schools to cut part-time employee hours

Published: Jun. 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM CDT
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PERRY CO., IN (WFIE) - The Perry Central School Corporation says it's cutting the hours for part-time employees because of the federal mandate requiring health insurance coverage, but the school corporation has a solution to lessen the blow.

Perry Central is one of those Indiana schools that has had to cut hours for some of its part-time employees. But Superintendent Mary Roberson says they have raised some wages to balance everything out.

If part-time workers exceed working 30 hours a week, under the Affordable Health Care Act, those workers must be offered health insurance by their employer.

To avoid this, Roberson says they have reduced the hours of their part-time instructional assistants by six hours per week. But Roberson says they have raised their hourly wage by a $1.50 to make up for the time lost.

"People were really concerned because they had heard things, not only here, but just in general. Not even the workforce just in schools, but workforce every place is facing this. So, I think people have really been really nervous. But overall, I think we've been able to alleviate their fears," Roberson says.

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