County changes definition of part-time employee status

PLYMOUTH - Following on the joint meeting held by both the Marshall County Council and the Marshall County Commissioners a week ago, there will officially be changes in personnel policy for the county.

A week ago both bodies met in joint session to hear from Tony Nyers of the Healy Group, insurance brokers for the county, in Plymouth to walk them through new requirements in the public health care act that will have an affect on the county’s bottom line as concerning employee benefits.

The main issue for the county is that the new law requires that an employer offer health benefits to any employee working an average of 30 hours or more over a six month period. Doing so makes the employee eligible for full time health benefits for the next calendar year. Nyers told the boards that as far as the new health care law was concerned 30 hours is “…the new full time.”

Currently the county has several part time employees that consistently work 35 hours a week and under the legislation each would have to be offered health insurance benefits. The Sheriff’s Department, Prosecutors office, the Marshall County Clerk and WIC offices all currently employ personnel that would fall in the requirements for being offered county health insurance.

The Council unanimously chose to pass a resolution to amend the county personnel policy handbook to limit part time employees to 56 hours in a given two week pay period.

(The complete story is published in the June 20 edition of the Pilot News.)