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Bartholomew County Votes To Cut Hours Because Of Health Care

Last year, Bartholomew County used its casino tax revenue to purchase a new vehicle, and training materials for its corrections staff.

An ordinance limiting all part-time Bartholomew County government employees to work no more than 28 hours per week, goes into effect May 1, pending a second reading next week. Bartholomew County Commissioners passed the ordinance on first reading at their meeting Monday morning.

“It‘s not going to be a big change to them,” Bartholomew County commissioner Rick Flohr says. “Some of them were working, maybe, 30 or 32 hours, and again it‘s not something that we as commissioners or the county government wanted to impose on them. It was just brought on by the Affordable Health Care Act.”

Under the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, any employer with 50 or more employees is required by law to provide health insurance coverage for employees working 30 hours or more per week. Flohr says had the county not acted, they could have faced substantial expenses that would have possibly resulted in the need for higher taxes.

A second reading, which would put the ordinance into effect, is set for Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. If passed, the new ordinance is set to go into effect May 1.

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