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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of part-time college instructors in Virginia will continue to work fewer hours because of the federal health care law.

The state last year limited adjunct teachers' hours because the Affordable Care Act says employees working at least 30 hours a week must receive health care benefits. Some of those instructors were teaching more than 15 credit hours.

Officials say about one-quarter of Virginia community college adjuncts had to reduce their teaching loads.

Virginia sought guidance from the Internal Revenue Service on whether it was properly calculating adjunct instructors' actual work time.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the guidance came this week. Under a formula provided by the IRS, an instructor teaching 15 credit hours is well over the 30-hour limit. That means Virginia's restrictions will remain for now.

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