In New Jersey, determining what constitutes a part-time job is not straightforward. There isn’t a law that defines what part-time work is, and the determination is instead left up to employers. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler can answer questions about whether workers should be considered to be part-time workers at their particular jobs.
Defining part-time work
The Fair Labor Standards Act does not define the number of hours that are required for full-time work. There isn’t a law that defines the difference between full- and part-time employment. Instead, a company’s policies and practices determine what constitutes full- and part-time employment.
What is a part-time job?
Part-time jobs are those that require workers to work fewer hours per week than full-time workers who are employed at the same company. Part-time workers may include people who do not need or want full-time jobs such as students, retirees, and others.
Types of part-time positions
Many different career fields and industries offer part-time jobs. Most use some part-time jobs to supplement the work that is performed by their full-time employees. During recessions, workers who would prefer to find full-time work might take part-time jobs.
Reasons why workers might prefer part-time jobs
Some people prefer to work part-time for the following reasons:
- Attending school
- Family responsibilities
- Having time for other interests
- Starting businesses
- Wanting more time off
Employers who hire part-time workers
Employers who hire part-time workers typically want to find workers who have flexible schedules. Part-time jobs can sometimes turn into full-time positions. People who are wanting to find full-time jobs might accept part-time work to try to get their start at a company or to gain experience that can help them to land a full-time job in the same field.
Most part-time jobs don’t offer the same types of benefits that full-time jobs provide. However, employers who have 50 or more employees must offer insurance to 95 percent of the workers who work 30 hours per week under the Affordable Care Act. People should ask about the available benefits when they apply for part-time jobs.
Learn more with Swartz Swidler
If you are uncertain about whether you should be classified as a part-time worker, the lawyers at Swartz Swidler might be able to provide you with some guidance. Call us today to learn more about your rights.