Obamacare May Force UNC to Cut Hours for Thousands of Employees

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill / AP

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill / AP


Obamacare may force the University of North Carolina (UNC) to reduce hours for 6,500 employees, according to Campus Reform.

UNC could pay up to $47 million to fulfill the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which will begin for the university in 2015.

Campus Reform reports:

The Affordable Care Act requires the system to start providing insurance for 8,586 non-permanent employees who work more than 30 hours per week — but UNC is considering just cutting their hours to avoid having to pay for the insurance, Marty Kotis, a member of UNC Board of Governors’ Budget and Finance Committee, writes on his blog, the Greensboro Observer.

Kotis told Campus Reform that UNC Chief Operating Officer, Charlie Perusse, said universities will “likely” cut the hours of 75 percent of eligible employees in order to lower the cost of complying with the mandate to between $11-$22 million.

Perusse confirmed the accuracy of the numbers in an interview with Campus Reform Monday morning.

UNC’s Associate Vice President for Human Resources Brian Usischon said he also wasn’t sure how the universities would handle the costs, but offered job cuts as one example.