I heard today that one of my school districts is considering doing away with long term subs. You're going to love the justification: The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide insurance for employees working more than 30 hours a week. They want to limit subs to that many hours. Now...forget about the fact that subs are shafted in every aspect of work anyway, but limiting hours also limits the ability to afford one's own medical insurance...the very thing that the district doesn't want to pay for either! And what does that do to classrooms when a teacher needs a leave of absence? They'll have two subs share the job and nobody gets long term pay? That' will work great for consistency and classroom control! The other thing that drives me crazy about this is that on Wednesdays the kids have early out. Subs are required to stay on campus for an additional two and a half hours, even if you're not doing LTS. Other days require subs to stay 45 minutes after school is out. Cutting all of this excess out and counting actual work hours would probably bring the work week down to less than 30 hours. I've also been told that as a sub I'm not an actual "employee" so I'm not clear on why this law would even apply... Anyway, just venting. It's amazing how a law intended to help people can be twisted by employers into hurting them instead.