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You decide definitions for full- and part-Time status

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Q How many hours must employees work to be considered full time? Part time? D.S., Texas

A. No law defines full-time and part-time employment. Instead, your organization should create a definition that meets its needs. Typically, organizations provide fringe benefits only to those full-time employees who work at least 32 hours per week.

That's really a cost-containment and retention issue that must be decided on an organization-by-organization basis. Consider these questions: What are your employees expecting? And what benefits are your competitors providing to part-timers?

Keep in mind that under ERISA, employees who work at least 1,000 hours per year must be eligible (at least on a pro-rated basis) to participate in your retirement plan.

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