It emerged in January, during a special city planning session, that part-time employees last year had their hours cut to a maximum of 28 per week.
A March 26, 2013, memorandum to department heads from City Administrator Dan Berlowitz said the cutbacks were an attempt to address budget constraints and also to avoid a requirement of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act that employees working 30 hours a week be eligible for health care benefits.
“This policy is necessary to help the City reduce costs while still maintaining the quality and level of services offered to our citizens,” Berlowitz wrote in the memo.
According to figures provided by the city’s finance director, the city had 164 part-time employees as of Jan. 11.
The memo said the reduction in hours would not apply to the fire department, whose firefighters are overwhelmingly part-time employees.
The reduction was effective April 20.