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College Workers’ Hours To Be Cut Over Health Care

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File photo of a college lecture hall. (Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Community College District plans to reduce the hours of 1,300 part-time workers so that it doesn’t have to provide them with health insurance.

According to The Arizona Republic ( http://bit.ly/12fTLaU ), the district plans as of July 1 to have 700 professors and 600 other workers work an average of 25 hours a week.

The federal health care law requires employers to pay insurance costs for employees who work at least 30 hours a week.

District spokesman Tom Gariepy says the district is trying to implement the law in a way that provides flexibility for both the college system’s departments and affected workers.

Accounting adjunct Professor Terry Gustafson says he’ll lose pay from the lost hours even though he’s on Medicare.

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