The forthcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has profound implications for the extraordinary faculty known around the country as adjuncts, "part-time profs," lecturers, contingent faculty, "road scholars" and "freeway fliers," among other names. Denied access to healthcare at many institutions, many faculty may have put their hopes in the ACA to make this critical benefit available to them. Many institutions, however, have been cutting adjunct work hours in anticipation of IRS regulations defining part-time work under the ACA as under 30 hours per week. The IRS has just issued its latest draft of regulations governing implementation of the ACA and has addressed the issue of adjunct work hours. Formal comments were solicited and NFM/F did submit comments. We also
testified in person at the public hearing on April 23.
Read our public comments here.
Press coverage of our efforts:
Wall Street Journal. Health Law Pinches Colleges. Jan. 18, 2013. Quoted in the online article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323635504578213502177768898.html. You must register with WSJ to read the article.
The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Adjuncts' Advocates Call for Fair Treatment on Work Hour Calculations. April 23, 2013.
Colleges Curb Adjuncts' Hours. April 22, 2013 http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Curb-Adjuncts-Hours/138653
30-Hour Work Week Is Critical Threshold for More Than Just Healthcare. January 25, 2013.
IRS Says Colleges Must Be 'Reasonable' When Calculating Adjuncts' Work Hours. Jan. 7, 2013. http://chronicle.com/article/IRS-Says-Colleges-Must-Be/136523/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en>
Inside Higher Ed:
Bucking the Trend. May 22, 2013. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/05/22/college-offers-health-insurance-coverage-some-adjuncts-ahead-new-regulations
Tackling the Cap. April 24, 2013. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/04/24/more-institutions-cap-adjuncts-hours-anticipation-federal-guidelines
Counting Adjuncts' Hours. March 26, 2013. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/05/22/college-offers-health-insurance-coverage-some-adjuncts-ahead-new-regulations
Akron Beacon Journal. UA limiting part-time hours to avoid health-care costs, may boost workload of others. April 6, 2013. Quoted in the article: Maria Maisto, NFM President and NFMF Executive Director.
American Thinker. Educators Hit by ObamaCare. By Eileen F. Toplansky. Jan. 20, 2013. Mentioned in the article: NFM
We want your input as we continue to work on this issue. Let us know what you think about how "part-time" faculty work should be understood by IRS as it continues to develop these rules. Please let us know as well if your institution has communicated new rules about course assignments or about how to track work hours.