Add Virginia to the list of states that are cutting work hours to avoid offering health insurance to part-time employees.
About 10,000 Virginia public employees are poised to see their hours cut back as Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to find ways around what he said were President Obama’s costly health care reforms.
Both the Virginia House and Senate passed budget amendments that will cap part-time state workers at 29 hours a week to avoid complying with a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires businesses and governments to offer health insurance to any wage employee who averages 30 hours a week.
The cutbacks affect the Virginia Community College System and Virginia Commonwealth University the most adversely, as the former hires 1,479 part-time workers and VCU employs 883 of the same.
The plan is supposed to save the state $110 million a year.