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Hundreds of Part-Time Workers Might Have Hours Cut in Brevard County

| by Amanda Schallert
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Hundreds of part-time workers in a Florida county might have to find alternate ways of earning money if the county continues its plan to cut their hours and avoid paying new health insurance costs.

Brevard County officials are deciding how to take on the effects of Obamacare, which will force the county to pay health care fees for employees working more than 30 hours a week by 2015, according to WFTV.com. 

The cuts would affect more than 340 part-time workers mostly involved with library and park services in Brevard County, according to Click Orlando.com. About one-third of those workers would qualify for full health benefits under new federal health reform laws.

If Brevard County did not diminish its employees’ hours, it could end up paying about $10,000 for each of the qualifying workers, resulting in a cost of about $1.4 million each year.

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The county’s current budget cannot support the additional health care costs, said Brevard County insurance director Jerry Visco.

“That money is not there,” Visco said.

County officials are still deciding how exactly they will cut employee hours and if some workers will lose their jobs entirely. 

Sources: WFTV.com, ClickOrlando.com