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As awful as the mandated-insurance health plan is, there seems to be some good news on how it may affect part time employees.

The administration issued a rule saying that any combination of part and full time employees will be treated the same if the total hours is equivalent to 50 full time workers.

This seems like good news, because companies won't be able to get around the law by using mostly part time workers.

http://www.nytimes.com/...

The new rules apply to employers that have at least 50 full-time employees or an equivalent combination of full-time and part-time employees. A full-time employee is a person employed on average at least 30 hours a week. And 100 half-time employees are considered equivalent to 50 full-time employees.

Thus, the government said, an employer will be subject to the new requirement if it has 40 full-time employees working 30 hours a week and 20 half-time employees working 15 hours a week.

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