Part-Time Jobs: The Quest for Job Flexibility
Depending on your situation, part-time employment can be the perfect way to either make a little spending money or continue your career while cutting back on hours. Use the Part-Time Jobs Web Guide to find all you need concerning alternative working hours: general information, tips, job finders, legal logistics and direct accounts of people's experiences.
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You may not be working enough hours per week to qualify for company benefits, but there's no minimum number of hours to have rights as an employee. Although many employers have their own policies, state and national regulations are always in place. Use the sites below to get acquainted with your part-time employee rights.
- Go straight to a company's Web site for details on employee policies and benefit information. Often this information can be found in a career section of the page. If you have trouble finding exact policies on the Internet, look for the company's contact information. Write an e-mail or make a phone call requesting the information you need.
- The U.S. Department of Labor doesn't legally distinguish part-time from full-time, so there are no specialized regulations for part-time work. It's up to you to discuss and establish hours and benefits with your employer.
- Many of your rights as a part-time employee are the same or similar to those of full-time employees, making general employment laws and Web sites applicable and useful.
U.S. Department of Labor
includes a page devoted to members of the part-time workforce. Although there aren't laws specific to part-time, the applicable ones are listed as well as assistance materials and DOL contact information.
is a legal resource with a special page containing information about part-time workers' legal rights. Be warned that you'll see pop-up windows as you move from page to page.
is a sector of the U.S. Department of Labor directed toward preparing American youth for the workforce. Learn about the legal differences between the employment of minors and adults, and why they exist. Information is divided into different sections addressing different audiences such as teens, parents, employers and educators.
My Employment Lawyer
(MEL) is a free resource about the laws and rights of U.S. workers. Go to the FAQ section sorted by topic or send a specific question using the "Ask MEL" feature. Although this Web site doesn't focus on part-time workers, try typing "part-time" into the search bar to find related articles.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
has a "Work/Life" section that addresses the issues of part-time permanent employees, such as holidays, insurance and retirement. For more resources, visit "Handbooks & Guides" or "Forms" for downloadable files.
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