December 19, 2014

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Medina Schools staff hours to be cut

MEDINA — Some part-time employees of Medina Schools will see their hours cut back because of requirements in the Affordable Care Act.

Sixteen employees — cafeteria workers, teachers’ aides and one secretary, will have their hours cut from 30 hours a week to 28 hours and 45 minutes, said Jim Shields, human resources manager for the district.

“It was truly just to comply,” Shields said.

The health care law requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide health care to those who log 30 hours or more a week. The provision in the Affordable Care Act doesn’t take effect until 2014 but the requirement looks back at hours worked this year.

Shields said providing health insurance to the employees would cost the district, at most, about $250,000 a year.

The change takes effect April 8.

Shields said the cafeteria workers’ pay ranges from $10 to $15 an hour, and teachers’ aides make between $13 and $20 an hour.

The cities of Brunswick and Medina have taken similar measures — cutting back on the hours of part-time employees who work at least 30 hours a week.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.