Indiana University is firing 50 maintenance and custodial workers and shifting them to a temp agency to avoid incurring Obamacare costs.
WRTV Indiana says Indiana University already spends $215 million on healthcare annually.
“We don’t want to cut hours for folks, but we have a responsibility to not spend more on healthcare than absolutely necessary,” said Indiana University spokesperson Mark Land. “That’s what’s made this so challenging for us. We’re kind of caught on both sides of it.”
Graduate students are being limited to under 30 hours a week so as not to trigger the Obamacare 30-hour threshold that forces employers to provide comprehensive health insurance or face fines up to $3,000 per worker.
Several key facets of the Affordable Care Act will kick off in 18 days.