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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 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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2Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

This is only the beginning......

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3lizhill2(7 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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 1 year, 10 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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5grand4dad(196 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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6PJR(20 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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7commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Are all of the Obama fans happy??

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8youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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9Lesthanzero(35 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Whether the libs or the inattentive knew it or not, this is what they voted for. Since Ohio is not setting up an exchange under ObamaCare, that will complicate matters a bit more. Obamacare was NEVER about providing healthcare to those who don't have it; that could have been done with 1/10th the amount of money now scheduled to be wasted (er, borrowed, THEN wasted) on Obamacare.

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10redvert(2065 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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11iBuck(220 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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12youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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13ytownredux(117 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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14RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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15BEINGHONEST100(5 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago


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16Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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17AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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18slappysmith(55 comments)posted 1 year, 10 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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19twin(18 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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20whyyt(17 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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21JJ(28 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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22LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 9 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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