Incoming Affordable Care Act mandates are rerportedly “playing havoc” with substitute teaching programs in some districts.
Under the new program, school systems will have to limit a substitute’s hours to below 29, or be forced to provide them will health care. That would drive up costs exponentially.
Domoine Rutledge, general counsel for the school system, said the school system has elected to limit the hours of substitute teachers in advance of the implementation next year of a federal “employer mandate,” which is part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The per-employee penalty for not providing insurance to workers who clock more than 30 hours a week is $2,000, he said.
“There is no exception for the public sector,” Rutledge said. “We have to abide by it.”