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What Is Part-time Work?

According to some studies, 18 percent of the American workforce does not work the traditional Monday-Friday workweek, and the 9-5 workday. Most states define a part-time worker as one who works less than 40 hours per week. This may give workers more flexibility in their workweeks and make them more satisfied with their jobs.

Are there Drawbacks?

There are certain economic disadvantages to part-time work. If you are thinking of going part-time, you should weigh the costs and benefits of doing so. For example:

What Obligations and Rights Do I Have as a Part-time Employee?

Generally, employees must still comply with the same company rules, policies, and procedures as full-time employees. Most part-timers are not entitled to company benefits (i.e. extended vacations, pension and profit-sharing plans, health insurance). Sometimes, states will grant coverage to those who work more than a certain number of hours. Also, under federal law, employees who work 1,000 hours in a pension plan year must be included in pension plans that are offered to other similar workers. Other things to remember include:

Do I Need an Experienced Employment Law Attorney?

As a worker, it is up to you to decide whether the benefits of taking a part-time position outweigh the costs. A lawyer would be able to inform you of your rights as a part-time worker, but ultimately the choice to become one is up to you.

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Last Modified: 06-30-2011 03:24 PM PDT

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