Law change forces layoffs of part-time retirees

MUNSTER, Ind. - A change in federal law has forced Lake County to issue termination notices to nearly three dozen workers age 65 older.

The workers retired from full-time jobs with the county and say they were promised that if they did so and began receiving Medicare, they could continue to work part time. Many lack pensions and face high medical and insurance costs.

Lake County Attorney John Dull tells The Times in Munster that none of the employees being terminated was promised part-time work. He says the federal law that once allowed employers to rehire retirees has changed, and the county could face a penalty if it keeps the workers on.

Lake County has cut hundreds of jobs in the last five years because of tax-revenue shortfalls.

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