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Germanna notified staff of hours cuts under governor’s directive

GermannaGermanna Community College has notified part-time employees that their hours will be kept at an average of 29 hours per week or less to avoid the need for health-care coverage.

The college’s Human Resources Department sent an email to all part-time employees on Friday to tell them of the change, which was directed by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s chief of staff, the college announced in a news release on Monday.

Germanna has 263 part-time teaching faculty and 152 people classified as part-time staff. It employs more than 600 people overall.

The email distributed Friday states that managers and supervisors must  now keep all part-time employees to an average of 29 hours per week or less. That totals a maximum of 1,450 hours per week per year based on a 50-week work year, the email states.

Previously, part-time employees were limited to 1,500 hours per year.

The change goes into effect immediately, within the current pay period, the  email states.

College spokesman Mike Zitz said Monday that he did not know how many people would see a reduction in hours as a result of the directive. Not all part-time faculty are over the limit, he said.

The change was ordered by McDonnell’s office in response to the federal health care reform that considers employees who average at least 30 hours per week as full-time and thus eligible for health insurance.

The Germanna news comes on the heels of a similar announcement at the University of Mary Washington.