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Don’t Cut, We Can Help!

The hits keep on coming — to the work hours of special education aides, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, home-care workers, adjunct faculty and college students.

With a recent addition of 28 documented examples of employers cutting work hours to dodge fines levied under ObamaCare’s employer insurance mandate, Investor Business Daily’s (IBD – list now includes 429 employers.

Among the new additions are seven school districts, bringing the total to 130 districts where hours have been cut or permanent staff outsourced to avoid taking on new costs for employees who work at least 30 hours a week — considered full time under ObamaCare.

In May, Oklahoma’s Sweetwater County School District #1 said it would cut hours for more than 250 part-time and substitute employees to avoid as much as $2.7 million a year in added health insurance costs.

This month, the small Cass City Public Schools system in rural Michigan cut hours for 20 bus drivers and paraprofessionals to avoid up to $120,000 in extra insurance costs. One proposed way of coping with fewer transit hours: providing only one-way bus service for coaches and teams traveling to athletic events.

In February, Indiana’s South Madison Community Schools cut hours for 130 bus drivers, cafeteria workers, instructional aides and custodians to avoid up to $1.2 million in insurance costs.

Other new additions involve cuts to the hours of college students, adjunct faculty or both at Kansas University, Mississippi State University, the Technical College System of Georgia, Colorado Mountain College and South Dakota State University.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that the workweek has also been depressed for modest-wage workers in the private sector, and the evidence points to ObamaCare’s mandate as an important factor.

Essential Personnel is here to provide appropriate coverage to meet the needs of the ACA, while preventing a decrease in hours and ensuring employer compliance. DON’T CUT, WE CAN HELP! Companies across the country are seeking the help of staffing agencies to recruit and deliver benefits to employees to provide at a more cost effective rate than companies can on their own. At Essential Personnel we provide employees to companies with benefits compliant with the ACA and at a low cost to the employer.