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.