HARRISONBURG, Va. -- State agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, are making changes to the hours employees can work.
Under the Affordable Healthcare Act, employers are required to offer health insurance to employees who work 30 hours or more.
Part time workers at Virginia ABC stores are now required to work less than 29 hours.
A public affairs woman with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it is a pre-emptive measure in reaction to a part of the 2013 budget bill in the General Assembly.
Those classified as part time do not get health insurance and under the bill, they would not either.
An anonymous ABC part time employee is upset that hours are being cut. The source said it means hundreds of dollars each month out of paychecks.
This person shared emails from ABC officials and local store managers.
On January 31, the bulletin states it's quote certainly not good news and states managers would would discuss staffing needs and any alternatives.
On February seventh, an email states the the 29 hour cap will be a hard cap. If it's not followed, they must email a list with employees going over the time.
Public affairs employee Kathleen Shaw said hours will be cut because of what's going on the general assembly.
"We sincerely regret any financial hardships this is going to cause for some of our part time employees and that we are preparing to comply with state law," Shaw said. Shaw adds that there are plenty of dedicated workers and she knows this came up suddenly.
"Because it's a state job you think oh great you know they're backing they're going to be ok and they throw this at you and you're just like ok. You know depression kind of sets in. It's like well dang it what's the point anymore. You know if I put my time in and yet again the big man on the stick that has the money, has everything else can just go oh I don't want to give out extra money," an anonymous employee said.
ABC is hiring additional part time workers that can pick up the other hours cut from individual employees' time. That way, the stores can be adequately staffed.
Shaw said it's not directly the decision of people in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Control. Shaw said the number of employees and the hours are determined by the Virginia General Assembly.
Shaw said they are prepared because they say the budget being talked about in the General Assembly is likely to pass in April.
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