About 130 part-time employees of Chatham County will be working fewer hours and we're told the Affordable Care Act is to blame. Seasonal workers at the Aquatic Center and others in the Parks and Recreation Department will have their hours reduced to 30 per week, maybe 25. (many had been working up to 32 hours per week, although we talked to a few who said they sometimes got even more hours.)
Now Chatham County Commissioners say the County would have to provide insurance if the seasonal employees work more than 30 hours. They say new health care law requires that although in the case of many part-timers, they are definitely seasonal. County Chairman Al Scott says that means they work only a certain season of the year. "We are just trying to keep these employees at the same status," he told News 3. "Which is why we are following a staff recommendation to cut hours back.
Scott says in the case of some employees like lifeguards, they will increase pay slightly per hour. But Steve Linvill who works at the Chatham County Aquatic Center says that won't make up for cutting hours.
"I think most people would definitely rather have hours than insurance right now," he told us.