Do long hours change part-time status?

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Q. Many of our part-time warehouse employees have recently been putting in well over 40 hours per week. Do we have an obligation to change their status to full time?

A. Do you anticipate that they will be working that schedule on a long-term basis? If so, it would make sense to change their status to full time, particularly if it affects their eligibility for health or other benefits.

There is no legal definition of full-time employment, but most employers consider 40 hours per week to constitute full-time employment.

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