Public Sector Employers Deny Health Benefits to Part-Time Workers
Part-time employees in the public sector are reportedly finding their hours cut as employers try to save money and avoid providing health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The cuts may fuel Republican critics of Obamacare who say it adversely affects the economy. The trend towards limiting hours has impacted police dispatchers and school workers, with employers noting that they have to choose between cutting full-time staff or paying part-time benefits. But the implication for the economy is uncertain — since the law was signed, the private sector has added more than eight million jobs.