Human resources questions: What is the definition of full-time?

Oct. 3, 2012
Tim Twigg and Rebecca Crane of Bent Ericksen & Associates explain what the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says about full- and part-time employment.

Q: How many days a week does an employee have to work in order to be considered a full-time employee?

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) doesn't define full-time or part-time employment. It's up to the employer to decide how many hours per week employees must work to receive either full-time status or part-time status. As long as the employer designates what constitutes full-time and part-time status and applies it uniformly to all employees, the employer can grant or withhold employer-provided benefits on the basis of their own definition of full-time and part-time employment.

The opinions expressed above are based on the writer’s comprehensive background as a human resources professional and the policies in our Bent Ericksen & Associates products having been reviewed by legal counsel. The writer is not an attorney, and the advice provided in this message should not be construed as a legal opinion. If you have legal questions after considering the advice and reading any materials referenced, it is recommended that you consult with your attorney.

Author bio
Tim Twigg is the president of Bent Ericksen & Associates, and Rebecca Crane is a human resource compliance consultant with Bent Ericksen & Associates. For 30 years, the company has been a leading authority in human resource and personnel issues, helping dentists deal successfully with the ever-changing and complex labor laws. To receive a complimentary copy of the company’s quarterly newsletter or to learn more about its services, call (800) 679-2760 or visit