Updated:ORLANDO, Fla. —
SeaWorld is reducing the number of hours its part-time employees can work per week and the rule could mean those employees would lose health insurance.
Once President Obama's Affordable
Care Act takes effect, large companies would have to give health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours.
In a statement, the theme park said it will cap hours for those employees at 28 hours per week, but it will add hourly positions across its 11 parks that include benefits.
The previous cap was 32 hours per week.
SeaWorld released a statement Tuesday: "While SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has reduced to 28 the cap on weekly hours for part-time employees, the company will be adding full-time hourly positions across its 11 parks in 2014. Those positions will include healthcare benefits. The previous cap on hours for a team member considered part-time was 32. The move is intended to bring consistency to the part-time designation across the SeaWorld Parks system."