JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Managers with the city of Jacksonville's Employee Services Department are concerned about the number of part-time employees working the equivalent of full-time hours, according to emails obtained by Action News. That's significant because the city would be required to offer health care benefits to those workers in 2015 or else face substantial penalties from the IRS.
Full-time employees are defined by the Affordable Care Act as those work 30 hours or more a week, on average. Under city ordinance, part-time employees must work no more that 25 hours. City officials first issued new regulations in a memo to division and department heads last year, but many months later concerns remain.
"The memo clearly stated that the City was sticking with the ordinance language of 25 hours per week," said one manager in an email dated Jan. 10th. "We still have several departments that are not following these rules and they are allowing their part-time employees to work as much as 40 hours per week."
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has some employees, like retired sword personnel or civilian bailiffs, that fall under different classifications under current city ordinances.
"We work closely with city officials to ensure that a) we are in strict compliance with all wage and hour laws and b) to continuously measure the impact of all laws/mandates regarding employee benefits to evaluate costs/operational needs," the office said in a written statement.
Any changes in personnel costs will likely be discussed as the city's budget process for the next fiscal year gets underway later this year.