View Full Version : How much time is part time?
01-17-2001, 08:21 PM
Can someone confirm that if you are hired as a "part time" employee, the company must provide at least 24 hours of employment per week.
01-17-2001, 08:25 PM
Not in California. It would depend on the conditions you agreed to at hiring. Better have it in writing. Part-time is anything less than 40 hours per week. I've seen kids at fast food places work 12 a week or less, if they piss off the manager.
01-17-2001, 08:42 PM
Not in Pennsylvania, either. As in California, "part time" just refers to anything less than full-time.
When I was in college in New York state I worked part-time - 20 hours per week max, often 5 or six hours per week.
01-17-2001, 08:56 PM
The way I understood it, anything less than 35 hours a week was considered part-time and part time doesn't come with a guaranteed number of hours unless specificly stated at time of employement.
01-17-2001, 09:02 PM
Need a little more information from you to give a better answer. Since I have no idea what state or country you are from, I cannot guess to what the state/province/whatever employment laws are. Also, are you a high school student? They usually have more stringent employment limitations (age 16 - 10 hours max per week during the school year, no later than X:00 pm on school nights, etc).
In Florida, I have worked different jobs with different requirements, most of which depended on the store policy. One company's handbook stated that 30 hours per week or more was considered full time, 29 or fewer was part-time. Another stated that if you were hired as part-time, you could work as many or as few hours, but did not get any benefits. Another was strict 40 hours per week for full-timers, part-timers could work as few as 6, but no more than 35. (A lot of this was the seasonality of the job - being a tourist area, the theme parks and secondary attractions are open longer hours in the summer and around holidays, making the part-timers very happy for the extra hours (full-timers already had 40 hours with the company being loathe to pay overtime), but when the parks close at 6 pm, part-timers were cut to bare minimum, while the full-timers kept their forty hours, so paycheck amounts would fluctuate wildly over a matter of weeks.
Best thing to do is check with your state/province/whatever labor board for clarification, rather than get your hopes up on an unfounded rumor. Happened at one of my jobs - some part-timers got it into their heads that "if you work for 6 consectutive weeks at least 35 hours per week, the company has to hire you full time", and then these people getting p'oed when they'd only get 30 hours on that 6th week. Turned out there was no substance to the statement, only a lot of tension created between workers and management.
Check your employee handbook.
Check with the labor board in your area.
01-17-2001, 09:42 PM
In Virginia, "The Slavery State," anything less than 40 was considered part-time. One summer, I suffered through six weeks of 39 1/2 hour work weeks at a drug store, with no benefits and often split shifts.
Then I realized I had enough beer money to get me along until school started back up. I made sure to make a graceful exit with a station wagon full of beer and ten cartons of Marlboros. A month later, I woke up, and I was late for school. Employers should never try to shaft the stock boy.
01-17-2001, 10:01 PM
A company for which I had worked in the summer (I was neither full-time nor part-time, but seasonal, so none of this applied to me anyway): "Full Time"=40+ hrs, benefits. "Part-time B"=40 or fewer hrs, no bennies. "Part Time B"=40+ hrs., some bennies. The only difference between full time and part time A was (I think) the length of time you'd been with the company. You would then be working full time for a while, but only be called (and considered) a part time employee. This could go on for years, by the way.
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