Q. Is there a law that states the number of hours necessary to be considered full time for being eligible for paid holidays? Our handbook says an employee who works fewer than 40 hours a week is considered part time. An employee w.ho works 34 hours a week wonders if he should be eligible for paid holidays. Our handbook says he’s not. Is that OK?
A. There is no federal or Pennsylvania law defining full time or part time, so you are free to define how many hours an employee needs to work to be considered full time. There is also no law requiring paid holidays. You are free to determine how many hours an employee must work to be eligible for paid holidays.
Your handbook can address these issues, and it is legal to say that an employee must work 40 hours per week to receive paid holidays.
Your benefit plans may have definitions of part time and full time as well if employees must work a certain number of hours to be covered. The definitions in your handbook and your benefit plans should be consistent to minimize any confusion for employees.