Yesterday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released The Just-in-Time Professor its report on adjuncts in higher ed ... a glimmer of light on the horizon?
"To address many of the concerns related to benefits raised by respondents to the eForum, which largely stem from contingent faculty’s part-time status, Congress should extend a number of critical workplace protections to part-time workers. H.R. 675, the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act, sponsored by Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), addresses coverage issues for part-time workers in a number of federal labor laws. The bill does three things: First, it would extend the ACA’s employer responsibility requirement to include part-time workers. Large employers that are required to offer health care to full-time employees or pay a penalty would also have to offer health care to part-time workers or pay a pro rata penalty. Second, the bill extends job-protected family and medical leave to part-time workers under the FMLA and, finally, it would require part-time workers to be treated like full-time workers for purposes of participating in their employers' pension plan."