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Part-time county workers to feel ‘Obamacare’ pinch


Part-time county workers to feel ‘Obamacare’ pinch
Wilson County Treasurer Jan Hartl addresses the Wilson County Commissioners Court at its May 28 meeting about the need to reclassify part-time personnel ahead of the implementation of the Patient Affordable Care Act of 2010.


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June 5, 2013
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Starting in July, all part-time Wilson County employees will be restricted to working 29 hours or less per week, ahead of the implementation of the Patient Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- commonly known as “Obamacare.” The Wilson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously during its May 28 meeting to approve the cap.

County Treasurer Jan Hartl said that once the New Year begins, there would be a six-month “look-back period,” which is why the change must take effect July 1. After that date, any employee who exceeds the 29-hour cap must receive health-care benefits because they would be considered a full-time worker.

“It’s either a pay or play thing,” she said.

Hartl believes that the county’s road and bridge operations, which are conducted at the precinct level, would be most affected by the change. She said that precincts 1 and 3 utilize part-time help.

“Is there a choice?” asked Pct. 3 Commissioner Ricky Morales. “My guys will quit.”

The treasurer responded that the only other choice is to upgrade the affected workers to full-time status.

“A result of [the change] is that there’s going to be a lot of underemployed people all over the nation,” said Pct. 4 Commissioner Larry Wiley.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners:

•Heard a request from Chief Jackie Komives of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services for a countywide boot drive to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department.

•Approved a contract with Progressive Waste Solutions of Texas, under which the company will haul away materials collected through the county’s recycling program. See “County to start recycling,” March 6.

•Received a report on the Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 2 fiscal year 2012 audit.

•Set the first fiscal year 2014 budget workshop for June 3 at 9 a.m.

In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, Ricky Morales, and Larry Wiley; County Clerk Eva Martinez, Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Attorney Daynah Fallwell, County Auditor Verna Gorzell, Treasurer Jan Hartl, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Lisa Eberhardt of the Wilson County Auditor’s Office, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Richard “Dickie” Jackson, and Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek; President Bill Kenney of the Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 2 board of commissioners and Chief Jackie Komives of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.

 

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Spec Ops  
Wilson  
June 5, 2013 8:33pm
 
It's not like the county commissioners are doing anything about the roads anyways so just keep doing the horrible jobs you all are doing. How about commissioner take a pay cut and give up thier healthcare. Take care of your ... More ›

 
7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
June 5, 2013 3:43pm
 
Make them all full-time employees like La Vernia ISD did with their bus drivers. Just more Tax payer's money wasted. Part-time means part-time, why were they working over 29 hours?

 
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Floresville  
June 5, 2013 2:13pm
 
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