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Bartholomew County planning to limit part-time employees' hours to save health care costs

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County officials are planning to limit part-time county employees to 25 hours a week, to avoid paying health care benefits under Obamacare regulations.

The change will affect between 40 to 45 county employees.

Commissioners President Carl Lienhoop said the health care changes that take effect next year would require employers to offer health care to employees who are working 30 hours or more. However, in November the county became aware that the legislation included a one-year "lookback" period, which meant any changes needed to be made this year.

"What the gist of it is, is whether we are working a bunch of people 39 hours and calling it part time," Lienhoop said. "That is not allowed in the new health care initiative."

County Commissioners tabled a discussion of the county's personnel policies at this morning's commissioners meeting. County Council will consider a corresponding change to the county's salary ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night.

Look for more information in Tuesday's Republic.

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