The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires that employers provide health insurance coverage for all full-time employees. The definition of full-time employee for purposes of the Act is persons working an average of 30 hours or more per week. Our long-standing policy, and the method we use to calculate and report hours worked for our adjunct faculty (for credit instruction) for ASRS purposes, is one hour of work outside of class for each load hour, or two hours worked for each load hour of instruction (Hereafter “2:1”). This is how we will continue to calculate and report adjunct hours worked. We are aware, however, that at other higher education institutions in other parts of the country, different methods are used to calculate hours worked for adjuncts, including two hours outside class for each load hour (“3:1”). To date the IRS has not issued regulations establishing how hours worked will be calculated for adjunct faculty in higher education for purposes of the ACA. We were hoping to have this information before establishing our policies in this area. Therefore, continuing to use our established method of calculating hours worked in conjunction with strictly enforcing our long-standing load limit of 9 load hours per term (with a limited exception of up to 3.0 load in certain circumstances) will allow MCCCD to employ the valuable services of our dedicated and talented corps of adjunct instructors in a fiscally-responsible fashion to supplement the instructional services provided by our residential faculty. The effective date of these limits is July 1, 2013.