- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lane County will begin offering buyouts to hundreds of its employees in exchange for cost-saving changes to future employee’s health insurance plans and their vacation and sick time accruals.

The Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/b74zsa ) that the deal is designed to reduce staff costs and help the county avoid the 40 percent tax on high-cost health insurance plans expected to take effect in 2018 under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The buyout, which was negotiated with two of the county’s employee unions, will be available to 71 county technicians, engineers, accounting supervisors, 115 road maintenance workers and 227 of the county’s nonunion employees.

People filling positions represented by those two unions and nonunion positions will see changes to their health insurance and vacation accruals. Those changes will not affect existing staff.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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