Obamacare Chickens Roost In East Baton Rouge Schools

Efforts to avoid Obamacare penalties said to be causing ‘havoc’ at East Baton Rouge public schools

by Charles Lussier

Substitute teachers in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools can’t work more than 29 hours a week these days as part of an effort to avoid having to pay federal penalties, starting in 2015, for not providing health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours a week.

Several School Board members jumped on the issue when it came up unexpectedly Thursday night during an unrelated presentation on recent school performance scores.

Board member Mary Lynch said the 29-hour-a-week cap is causing havoc at schools on Thursdays and Fridays after substitute teachers have reached their limit.

“You use a sub for the first 3½ days of the week, and then you can’t find someone to cover those classrooms,” Lynch said.

Board members Jill Dyason and Vereta Lee also said they received complaints about the 29-hour limit, which they said they were unaware of before. They said they want more information from school administrators about the rule.

Domoine Rutledge, general counsel for the school system, said the school system has elected to limit the hours of substitute teachers in advance of the implementation next year of a federal “employer mandate,” which is part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The per-employee penalty for not providing insurance to workers who clock more than 30 hours a week is $2,000, he said.

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3 Responses to “Obamacare Chickens Roost In East Baton Rouge Schools”

  1. Oldman Says:

    What a mess,obamacare hopefully will be repealed.

  2. Donald Maroon Fouler Says:

    What do you say to a Senate Majority Leader with a black eye?

    Nothing you haven’t already said once!

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