How many hours do part-time employees work?

Part-time employment can mean different things to different people - don’t worry, we’ll break down how much part-time employees usually work and what that means for your business.

Generally speaking, part-time employees work less than 30 hours a week, or lower than the number of hours that you as an employer set for your full-time workers. In general, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) views full-time employment as working 30 or more hours a week for over 120 days in a given year - the ACA doesn’t specifically define part-time employment.

The important thing to remember is that definitions of part-time employment may vary by context (e.g., under employment laws, benefits rules and regulations, etc.) and by state, and you’ll still be responsible for any legal issues based on how many hours your employees actually work. So it’s important to consider the context when you are determining whether an employee is considered part-time.

For more details on part-time employment, check out this overview from the IRS.


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