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View Diary: Virginia cuts part-time state workers hours in response to Obamacare (57 comments)

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    ....sufficient to do the work and no more. If you have two people working 20 hours each or 1 person working 40 hours then ACA considers either as 1 FTE (one full time equivalent) toward the 50 FTE (not employees but FTEs). Either employers actually have more people than they need or have people working longer shifts than necessary based on the work and can actually afford the cuts or their efforts to game the ACA requirements will fail. If the demand drives the FTE's, as it should, then the FTE count will be the same for ACA no matter how the actual head count is sliced and diced.

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      splintersawry, nextstep, DSPS owl

      whether an employer is a large employer required to provide affordable, minimum coverage.  The penalty only applies if the large employer does not provide affordable minimum coverage to all full-time employees.

      For example, an employer with 60 full-time employees is a large employer.  Because it's a large employer, it must provide provide affordable, minimum coverage to all 60 full-time employees (actually, 55 of them, since the regulation relaxes the rule somewhat).

      On the other hand, an employer with 120 half-time employees is a large employer because that is 60 full-time employee equivalents.  However, since it doesn't have any full-time employees, there is no penalty for not providing coverage.

      "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

      by Old Left Good Left on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 06:48:22 PM PST

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