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Sep22

Part-Time Employees

We have a few employees who were originally hired to be part-time employees. For the past 7/8 months, these employees have been continuously working full-time hours, and their manager stated that because of business needs they will probably continue to work these hours. Our employee handbook states that employees working over 32hours are considered full-time which these employees would qualify for. We asked the employees if they wanted to become full-time, and they stated no. For our own precaution, should we require that these employees either officially become full-time so we can offer them benefits or should we require their managers to not allow them to work over 32hours?

The Department of Labor (FLSA) does not define full-time employment or part-time employment. This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer. In your situation, if working full-time hours for business needs is a temporary situation then it would be better to keep the employees part-time. However, if you foresee that this is a more permanent situation then it should be addressed with employees. It would be to their benefit to have the perks of full-time employment.

As the employer, you can limit their working hours, officially make them full time (before that date allow them time to refuse), or just continue as it is now providing it is temporary.

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