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Bartholomew County Approves Fewer Hours For Part-Timers

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Photo: Stan Jastrzebski/WFIU News

Bartholomew County commissioners Larry Kleinhenz (left) and Carl Leinhoop discuss an ordinance that decreases part time employees' hours at a meeting on April 1, 2013.

As of May 1, part-time employees in Bartholomew County government will be barred from working more than 28 hours per week. The county commissioners unanimously approved the measure Monday after making a few exceptions to the rule.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance to all employees working more than 30 hours per week. But Commissioners Chairman Carl Lienhoop says that is unrealistic for the county’s budget.

Though there was no public comment for or against the ordinance during Monday’s meeting, Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Todd Noblitt noted many new jail employees are required to attend a 40-hour training session. Lienhoop says small, short-term exceptions to the rule are okay so long as employers pay overtime.

“There are going to be some exceptions,” Lienhoop says. “We’re talking about probably a total pool of almost 40 part-time employees from Bartholomew County, I think the public realizes and we realize there’s no way we can take all 40 of those employees and grant them health insurance.”

Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz noted during the meeting the county may soon receive between three and five requests to make part-time employees full-time as a result of the ordinance.

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