Health insurance reform might be forcing employers to increasingly turn to part-time workers, but the trend away from full-time employment was well under way years ago.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates  that employers with 50 or more fulltime workers provide health coverage to those workers or pay a penalty. That, in turn, has raised concerns that employers are cutting back hours on full and part-time workers.

But according to recent report from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute, the trend toward more part-time workers and less workplace-based health insurance coverage began in the mid-2000s, before the passage of PPACA.

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