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WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â€” The Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) will have â€śdramatic financial implicationsâ€ť for the Chariho Schools according to Chariho Solicitor Jon M. Anderson, who made a presentation of the AHA's potential ramifications to the school committee on Tuesday night.
Anderson began by defining the AHA's terms for full-time, part-time, and variable-hour employees: Full-time employees work 30 hours or more a week or 130 or more hours per month; part-time employees work less than 30 hours per week; and, variable-hour employees might work more than 30 hours one week and less than 30 hours the next because their schedules are unpredictable.
If an employee is full-time, she qualifies for receiving health insurance from her employer under AHA rules.
â€śWhat matters are the total hours of service. So, if a substitute teacher works six hours per day and then coaches for three hours that evening, the total hours of service add up to nine hours,â€ť he said.
â€śIt's a particularly difficult problem for school departments because you have a lot of employees who only work part-time â€“ they coach, they substitute, they work as ticket-takers on Saturdays, they don't work simple hours like a lot of people do,â€ť he added.
â€śSo how do you figure out who your full-time employees are? The regulations are like the phone book. Fortunately we have someone in our office who is specializes is doing this,â€ť he said.
Anderson recommended the â€śLook Backâ€ť method as a way to protect the school from breaking government regulations.
The first step of â€śLook Backâ€ť will be to gather all of the payroll records and to calculate the average number of hours for each employee.
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