The final “shared responsibility” regulations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—better known as the employer mandate—were published on February 12. The preamble to the regulations addresses the treatment of adjunct faculty in a fashion that is generally beneficial for community colleges. However, this outcome does not change the fact that implementing the regulations is neither simple nor straightforward.
At its April meeting, the AACC Board of Directors suggested that staff circulate to AACC’s members a document discussing some of the more common questions member CEOs have posed about the ACA. The uncertain and shifting regulatory environment, as well as ongoing political debate and media coverage, has left many campus officials unclear about how to implement the law in a fashion that best serves their institutions and students.
The following material on this complicated law is not comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. However, it represents AACC’s best effort to provide guidance to member campuses based on inquiries received from college CEOs, business officers, human resource personnel, and others. College presidents will want to consult with legal counsel and other parties before taking actions in relation to the ACA.
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