Reduced Hours Work/Part-Time Work


  • Rosalind Barnett

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2003


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  • Part-Time Work
  • Time
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  • Gender Studies


Most definitions of work time are based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics definition (1995); namely, 35 or more hours a week is full-time, fewer than 35 hours per week is considered part-time. However, there are some obvious exceptions to this rule. For example, among elementary school teachers, full-time is 32 hours per week; among nurses, 24 hours per week may be considered full-time if those hours are spent in back-to-back 12-hour shifts on weekends. One reason for an agreed-upon definition concerns payment for overtime hours. Workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are entitled to time-and-a half for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. Many workers, including professionals and managers, are exempt from the provisions of this act.

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