- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2014

Local governments, community colleges and other public employers are cutting work hours among part-time employees to prepare for coming mandates under Obamacare, according to the New York Times.

President Obama twice has delayed the law’s “employer mandate,” which will require large employers to provide health insurance or pay fines. It starts in 2016 for midsize employers and will phase in starting in 2015 for employers of 100 workers or more.

But public sector employers are trimming back work hours now, because their obligations will be based on data from this year, the Times reported.

The issue is affecting many part-time workers, particularly in schools, who work more than 30 hours but do not get health benefits.

Under the health care law, a person is considered full-time if he or she works at least 30 hours per week — instead of the traditional 40 — prompting some employers to cut part-timers’ hours to 29 or fewer per week.

The dynamic is sweeping the public sector, the Times reported, and it may provide ammo to Republican critics of the law ahead of midterm elections in November.

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