Human Resources and Payroll

Workforce Planning and Compensation


A Note on the Affordable Care Act


Human Resources and Payroll has received additional guidance from the Department of Human

Resource Management (DHRM) regarding the Commonwealth’s decisions related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and wage, adjunct and other temporary or seasonal employees.


As a state agency, Mason is required to limit wage employee hours to 29 hours per week on average and no more than 1450 hours per wage year for all jobs at Mason. The standard measurement  period will be from May 1 to April 30.  Each year on May 1, wage employees’ hours will reset to zero.


These limits are for student and non-student wage. We are awaiting guidance from the Internal Revenue Service on the applicability of ACA to student wage. In the meantime, supervisors should assume that student wage are included.


For more information please consult the ACA FAQ or contact your HR consultant.


Wage Employees

Wage (hourly) Positions and Miscellaneous Payments