Part-time Employees laws & compensation compliance analysis

Part-time Employees: What you need to know

There is no federal law that defines the term “part-time” or specifies the number of hours an employee must work per week to be considered part time as opposed to full time. Many employers classify part-time employees as those who regularly work fewer than 30 hours per week; for others, it is fewer than 35 hours per week. It is up to employers to determine what definition of part-time best suits their objectives. Part-time hours can be scheduled in a variety of ways. For example, working one-half day every day, 2 or 3 full days each week, 1 full week on and then 1 week off, or combinations of these approaches can be considered part-time.
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There are many reasons an employer might consider hiring part-time employees. In fact, depending on the needs of a particular business, the options for using part-time employees are virtually endless. Some employees simply cannot work full-time because of child care, school, medical, or other reasons and will be able to continue to work only if part-time schedules are offered. Employers can, in fact, attract skilled workers by offering part-time schedules to those who cannot work full-time and retain valuable employees who might otherwise leave their jobs for similar concerns. Hiring part-time employees can keep costs down by reducing the need for overtime and by paying fewer benefits. Companies might use part-time employees in these situations:
• As an alternative to layoffs
• To reduce the workload for a particular job, in a department, or during a busy season
• To perform a specific special task that does not require full-time hours
• When a disability makes it difficult for a particular employee to work full-time
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