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Obamacare prompts YSU to cap hours for faculty

Published: Fri, November 30, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

New limit of 24 for part-timers takes effect this academic year

By Denise Dick



Semester hours for part-time Youngstown State University faculty members will be capped at 24 to comply with provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

Kevin Reynolds, chief human- resources officer, sent a memorandum Thursday to department heads and deans about the change, noting those part-time faculty members who do not comply will not be asked to teach in the next academic year.

With implementation of the law, the Internal Revenue Service defines “full time” as an employee who works at least 30 hours per week. The number of hours worked determines whether a faculty member is eligible for health care from the university.

Teri Riley, associate provost, said that although YSU employs 813 part-time faculty, only about 10 of them exceed the 24-hour teaching mark. There may be some, however, who work in other capacities across campus.

Effective this academic year, part-time faculty members won’t be permitted to teach more than 24 semester hours over fall, spring and summer. If a part-time faculty member exceeds the 24 hours over the three semesters, he or she won’t be allowed to teach during the next full year, the memo says.

“There will be no exceptions to the 24-hour limit,” it says.

For part-time faculty also working in other areas on campus, their total clock hours will be limited to 1,512.

“When making part-time assignments for spring and summer 2013, chairs must take into consideration the number of hours each part-time faculty member taught in fall 2012,” the memo says.

Although the health care law takes effect in 2014, it will be based on hours worked during this academic year, said Ron Cole, YSU spokesman.

Reynolds said the issue is something that universities across the country are grappling with.

There’s nothing that establishes how semester hours should be converted to clock hours.

Reynolds said the Colleges and University Professional Association for Human Resources has asked the U.S. Treasury Department for guidance and clarification on that issue.

YSU converted workload hours to clock hours using 63 as a multiplier; the formula is based on a percentage of hours of a full-time faculty member.

“For example, if a part-time faculty member teaches 6 hours during the fall and 6 hours during the spring, that load would equate to 756 clock hours (6 + 6 = 12 x 63 = 756),” Reynolds’ memo says.

“Therefore, that part-time faculty member could still work for 756 hours in other jobs (1,512 - 756 = 756).”

Meanwhile, at a meeting Thursday of YSU trustees’ Academic Quality and Student Success Committee, the panel approved a resolution of support for collaboration with Humility of Mary Health Partners to work together to raise money and explore the possibility of a multiuse facility for clinical and medical education including classrooms, labs and practice learning clinics.


1Voodoosdaddy(12 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of liberals.

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

This is only the beginning......

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3lizhill2(7 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

What a misleading article. This decision is not mandated by Obamacare! It is the university's decision not to provide enough hours to their adjunct faculty so they might get health coverage. YSU is by no means the only employer who will choose to do this, which is why there must be another way for these folks to be covered, and that is what Obamacare is trying to do. The adjunct faculty already works hard for very little pay, now they're getting double screwed. Please don't blame the government for that.

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4ulistenup(95 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Obamacare is the most intrusive governmental program to organizations and small business that ever came down the pike. Of course YSU is adversely affected, just like all Catholic organizations who are required to provide abortion-inducing drugs and contraception to employees - which violates the First Amendment.

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5nojimbo(286 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Looks like our Congressman Mr. Ryan has to sit down and have a nice talk with Ms. Anderson and the Board of Trustees. Maybe a discussion of federal grants that come YSU's way and how YSU can be a leader in treating employees fairly or a pariah in a long time labor oriented town.

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6grand4dad(219 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I don't understand. Is YSU taking away health care from employees who are part-time? They probably didn't have it in the first place. Not many employers provide health care for part-timers. So it sounds to me like they are just maintaining the status quo?

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7redeye1(5663 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I 'm so happy for all the working fools who thought they were going to get something for FREE by voting for Obammy. Its too bad that these people didn't take time to look into this issue. As another poster stated this is only the beginning. That is the truth , All working fools who voted for Obammy are going to be affected. They are predicting over 700,000 lost jobs early next year. I hope you are all happy now..

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8saddad(655 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Those that so hate the Obama agenda really ought to pack their bags and get out of the USA. Its not going to be the way its been. The reason for that is that there is a new majority and we believe in a liberal approach. The sooner you get to another land the better off you will be. And the better off we will be here.

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9PJR(20 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

The best part is the $1,500 fine that they will get for not having health insurance.

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10Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Keep calm, people, YSU is hardly the only institution or business doing this. Everybody who hires part-time help is placing limits on hours. Improving health care is a noble goal, but Democrats didn't think through the consequences of their actions. If they would have taken some time to ask employers how they would respond to the proposal, they might have been able to address this upfront rather than create the mess we now have.

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11youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I love this. All these soon to be complainers praised Obamacare. As much as I hate it, at least these asswipes get what they voted for.

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12redvert(2240 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Yes, the majority of these instructors no doubt voted for obowser.

Don't you love it when a plan comes together!

As comedian Ron White would say, "YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID"

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13iBuck(231 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

ObummerDoesn'tCare is just beginning to come home to roost in leftist-land.

But don't worry, the regime will find some unconstitutional way to penalize less leftist areas and transfer the wealth to save their fan-boys (Can you say Solyndra, YelloDodo? I knew you could.), thus spreading the misery.

As for "paying the fine... out of your own pocket" the turnip/rock principle applies. You have to have wealth for them to extort it from you. That goose is dead.

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14saddad(655 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Why would a worker think that the world cares if he lives or dies? Only because his fellow workers do.

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15Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Such a shame that this university chooses the path of academic sweatshop.

By the way, most of those part time professors rarely received enough work from the university, which already had caps on how many classes adjunct professors could teach in a year, so this really doesn't change anything.

What it is is a POLITICAL statement by the administration and the board of trustees. They're telling you where their sympathies lie: with the GOP.

And the Vindicator headline betrays the Vindy's sympathies as well. Plus the lack of context regarding an already capped teaching work load for adjunct faculty.

In other words, this is political spin.

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16youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Oh man here come the social justice advocates looking for their freebies...maybe we'll see them have some protest at the Lemon Grove and Bobby Hagan will be out there...

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17Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Not sure who you're talking about. I get nothing for free in life, so you must be talking about someone else.

Never mentioned any social justice either, just explained why the article was written so badly and why it's a spin on the reality of the situation. There's no real news here. Just politics.

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18DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Here comes ODumboCare. Grab your ankles! In the words of ODumbo himself,"maybe you should just take the pill"!

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19redeye1(5663 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Tigerlily HA,HA,HA, the joke is on you and all the other fools who voted for Obammy Maybe next time you will try to listen to people who understand things better then you.

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20ytownredux(117 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

You are 100% right Tiger Lilly, this is all political spin on what really is a non starter for most of the YSU part time employees. Unfortunately, our Republican friends, will never stop taking any opportunity to bash our President, just as a lot of Dems did with Bush. It's a sad nature of the beast.

We can take comfort in the fact that these are many of the exact same comments that were made about social security and medicare when it was implemented. We know that most of these posters on here are counting on those same said programs. Is Obamacare perfect? Of course not. Is it a step in the right direction that will push us in the right direction in the future as we tweak it as needed? Yes!! Let the haters hate and actually try to live your life and not worry about Vindy Board commentors. I really just come on for debate in between my real life. To me it's fun to watch the fur fly by some of these crazies.

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21RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Good thing Romney lost the election or these part-time faculty would have been in the unemployment line.

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22BEINGHONEST100(5 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


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23Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago



Here we go, now it's time to play the RACIST card. Was just a matter of time before that came out. My goodness you don't agree with Obama or a black, your a RACIST. It's getting very,very old! When are you people going to quit the RACE BAIT on everything and everybody that don't agree with you. smh at such STUPIDITY in society today.
Quit living in the past, move forward in life or you won't get nowhere! Is that how you like it , never moving forward in the short time your on this planet?

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24AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Places have always had limits on part time hours. It is just something the repubs can spin against President Obama.

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25andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

No this will be the new way of life from now on PART TIME JOBS. TO AVOID OBAMA CARE. Just wish all those who are exempt [and there is a lot] would be forced to join the ranks of part time. And hopefully someday everyone will fall under the Obama Care domain and when they do have fun then claiming your middle class working part time.

Obama Care fooled the ignorant posing as free health Care. And bowed down to the unions to protect them from it.

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26slappysmith(55 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

the funniest part of these wing dings comments is most of them dont have jobs or healthcare and are so dumb they have let the shepherd party convince all the sheep that free health care is evil

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27andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Most people will be paying 800 to 1800 in the mandated health care system for the first 2 years and that is if you make under 60k a year. By 2016 if you make 9 K a year your bill will be around $ 800 with a added inflationary rate added in. And if you think these rates sound good start making money and add in inflation. So if you are young and going to school i suggest becoming a IRS agent or Tax Attorney you will never be out of work

Think it is wonderful that Obama Care will effect YSU taking money from you in loss wages then forcing you to buy into Obama Care.

But on the bright side YSU can go out and double hire in all the part time jobs, in fact everyone just just cut employee's hours back and hire more part timers and soon unemployment will be like 3%
The buy a house or a new car on a part time job LMAO or better yet get a petition and try to put Barry O on Mt. Rushmore.

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28twin(18 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I love it!!! You dumb liberals get what you deserve. HaHaHa

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29IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

You repubs better get a dental plan because Obama kicked your teeth out by getting re-elected. ObamaCare is modeled after your candidates policy. Mitt-Flopper raved about how great RomneyCare is in Massachusetts.

Obama Rules and I LOVE the FACT that all you righties are crying like little girls.

Karl Rove still hasn't conceded Ohio.

Only 47 shopping days until Obama's 2nd Inauguration.

HILLARY 2016!!!

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30jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We've not only added jobs in a weak economy, we've raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that's raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running it’s business according to it’s beliefs. It's not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it's the same for everybody. But that's not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won't exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don't like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit

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31jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

BHO & family going to Hawaii for 3 weeks - cost to taxpayers 4M. He will enjoy himself while the Sandy Storm folks are in utter misery.
Remember Katrina & the chaos there. Thousands of Katrina victims flown to $200 a night rooms in Chicago, yet Bush got all kinds of hell because of the slow response of FEMA. What has FEMA done for the Sandy victims? ZILCH!!! If Bush were in office now, all hell would break loose & if he took a 3 week vacation, in the midst of Sandy, he would have been hung in effigy in every town on the East coast. BHO gets a pass.

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32whyyt(18 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

It's called universal health care and the rest of the industrialized world has it. Get over it folks. And quit watching Fox News. YSU isn't the innocent one here.

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33IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

So lets see, these faculty members are currently part time and NOTHING is changing there. They currently have NO health care coverage and under RomneyCare which was touted as being so great, they'll have subsidized coverage as opposed to NONE. How is their situation worse than it is now?

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34andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Flaming Liberals, cutting some one's wages is a loss in income and also tax revenue. Forcing some one to buy health care is simply mandated health care. And it will not be in effect till 2014. And only a Uninformed Flaming Liberal can think it is a win let alone a draw.

So go buy a house on a part time job.

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35IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

ObamaCare, AKA RomneyCare is great, if you don't believe me then just ask the Mitt-Flopper. If it is so bad, then why haven't they tried to repeal it in Massachusetts?

You righties can try all the FEAR mongering you want, but Obama and ObamaCare are here to stay wheter you like it or not.

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36jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Island Mike, I'm going to have to repeat this - a little louder this time........

ROMNEYCARE IS 70 pages long........


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37IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


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38JJ(28 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Really making a big deal about 1% of the part time workforce - 10 out of 800 worked over 24 hours.

YSU doesn't want to pay for the healthcare plan so they are keeping their employees under the threshold. This btw is nothing new between full time and PT benefits pre/post Obamacare

So it's cost containment, people will now get done in 24 hrs what they use to get done in 30 hours.

A Republican appointed Supreme Court Justice had an opportunity to vote against Obamacare last summer and didn't!

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39LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Id really like some cheese to go with all this whine and sour grapes.

Face it the Affordable Care Act is law.

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