Part-time-work is being redefined by the Affordable Care Act in school corporations across the State of Indiana.
Fifteen corporations find that reason enough to take Obamacare back to court. A local school district, John Glenn, in Walkerton, is in involved in the suit, which is being handled by Indiana’s Attorney General.
But John Glenn and school corporations in general rely heavily on part time workers. Some examples are bus drivers, custodians, office staff and classroom aides. Because of the affordable care act, schools aren't getting as much mileage out of those employees.
The act defines part time as working less than 30 hours a week. School districts typically use a 37.5 hour schedule for part-timers.
The big fear is that school corporations, and other governmental units in Indiana, will be treated just like private employers. And could be fined for health care violations, based on the number of full time workers they have.
“This is not about private employers,” said Indiana’s Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “This is about government as a sovereign entity. We are not used to paying taxes to the federal government. We are not used to having a tax return that we fill out and file. We do not tax the federal government, and they do not tax us. That is how it has been, I would say the way our country has developed, sovereignty in both the state and federal government. So before we start complying with the IRS rules we would like to ask the court to see whether this is appropriate or not.”
The Attorney General has filed a federal lawsuit in southern Indiana. It does not seek to overturn healthcare reform.
It just seeks a ruling that spells out how the act does, or does not apply, to state and local governmental units, like school corporations. Zoeller hopes for a ruling early next year.