BERKELEY TOWNSHIP - Another New Jersey community says it is considering trimming the hours of part-time employees in an effort to prepare for increased expenses associated with the Affordable Care Act.

Berkeley Township Administrator Chris Reid says the municipality will take a hard look at the issue when negotiating union contracts later this year. Reid says Berkeley has only so much money to go around.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with more than 50 workers will have to offer health coverage to employees who work more than 30 hours a week.

Reid says the town will do what it can to keep the impact on its employees minimal, but that it would consider shaving hours if it meant saving a substantial amount of money.

Middletown Township and Toms River have announced it will trim hours from part-time employees to prepare for the Affordable Care Act.