Officials act on 2 key policy issues

GREENFIELD — Part-time county employees cannot work more than 29 hours per week, the Hancock County Commissioners have decided, despite a recent announcement that the rule in the Affordable Care Act that affects their health care benefits has been delayed by the Obama administration.

Commissioners acted on two key employee policies last week. In addition to the rule on part-time hours, the executive branch also decided on a compensatory time policy for all employees so there are no surprises when it comes to paying out comp time that has accrued over months or even years.

The part-time hour policy is something commissioners have been kicking around for several months now because of a federal stipulation in the Affordable Care Act. Under the act, commonly called Obamacare, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance to employees who work 30 hours per week, or face a penalty.

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