IRS: Adjunct work hours include prep time

Colleges must provide health benefits to adjuncts who work 30+ hours per week under Obamacare, which starts in 2014. Work hours include prep time, not just classroom teaching, the Internal Revenue Service advises.

. . . colleges must “use a reasonable method for crediting hours of service,” the IRS document says. In the case of an adjunct faculty member, the document adds, it would not be a reasonable method of calculating an instructor’s work hours for colleges to take into account “only classroom or instruction time and not other hours that are necessary to perform the employee’s duties, such as class-preparation time.”

Maria Maisto, president of the New Faculty Majority, a national advocacy group for adjuncts,  told the Chronicle of Higher Education that “the IRS is on the right track.”

Youngstown State University, Stark State College (Ohio) and the Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) have cut adjuncts’ hours to keep them below the 30-hour-a-week threshold.

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Colleen Fraser

I am very interested in this topic. I see that if the colleges follow the rules they will have employers that are much more invested in their work and will stay and be better instuctors. But I would think that if colleges start cutting hours even more they will have a higher turn over rate then it already is, and instructors will not feel that they matter and will not put forth the effort of a happy employee, I think this is a great step in the right direction, let’s just hope that it works.

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