* Public universities in the Triangle will eliminate about 430 positions this year as part of a massive UNC system budget cut.
N.C. State University is eliminating 205 administrative jobs, and UNC-Chapel Hill is cutting 202 positions, according to a report released Thursday that gave the most detail to date on how the system will slash its operating budget 10 percent. N.C. Central University in Durham is cutting 21.5, including four at its law school.
UNC system President Erskine Bowles had said he expected administrative positions to account for 75 to 80 percent of the cuts. That number has subsequently risen to 96 percent, officials now say — an acknowledgment that administrative job growth swelled out of control over the last several years. Few cuts have been made to academics. (N&O)
* A law recently signed by Gov. Beverly Perdue imposes new regulations on the industry that provides human-resources services to businesses -- in exchange for the repeal of a controversial ban.
The new statute allows the few professional employer organizations that self-insure the employee health insurance plans they provide to businesses to continue to do so; other licensed PEOs can establish self-funded plans until Oct. 1. Previously, a law prohibiting self-insured health plans was scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.
State regulators requested the additional oversight on self-insured health plans. (N&O)