Full-time employment is employment in which a person works a minimum
number of hours defined as such by his/her employer. Full-time
employment often comes with benefits that are not typically offered to
part-time, temporary, or flexible workers, such as annual leave,
sickleave, and health insurance.
Part-time jobs are mistakenly thought
by some to not be careers. However, legislation exists to stop
employers from discriminating against part-time workers so this should
not be a factor when making decisions on career advancement. They
generally pay more than part-time jobs per hour, and this is similarly
discriminatory if the pay decision is based on part-time status as a
primary factor. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not define
full-time employment or part-time employment. This is a matter
generally to be determined by the employer (US Department of Labor).
The definition by employer can vary and is generally published in a
1 Definitions by country 2 Academic Usage 3 See also 4 References
Definitions by country Full-time workweeks:
Australia: approximately 38 hours Belgium: 38 hours Brazil: 40–44 hours Chile: 45 hours Denmark: 37 hours France: 35 hours (government-mandated) Germany: 35–40 hours Iceland: 40 hours India: 48 hours (as per the Factories Act 1948, a person cannot work for more than 48 hours in a week) Taiwan: 40 hours Israel: 43 hours Italy: 40 hours Netherlands: 35–40 hours Norway: 40 hours (often regulated to 37.5 excl. lunch break) Poland: 40 hours Russia: 40 hours Sweden: 40 hours (not formally defined) United Kingdom: 35 hours (not formally defined), 37.5 hours, or 40 hours contracts are all commonplace. United States: 30 hours or more, according to the definitions in the Affordable Care Act. "The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not define full-time employment or part-time employment. This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer."
A person working more than full-time is working overtime, and may be entitled to extra per-hour wages (but not salary). Academic Usage “Full-time” can also be used in reference to a student (usually in higher education) who takes a full load of course work each academic term. The distinction between a full-time and part-time student varies markedly from country to country. As an example, in the United States a student is commonly defined as being in full-time education when they undertake 12 or more credit hours. This translates to 12 "hours" (often of 50 minutes instead of 60 minutes each) in class per week. "Lab hours" often count for less, only as one-half or one-third of a credit hour. International students must maintain full-time status for student visas. Adult students (typically up to age 22 or 23) may also fall under their parents' health insurance (and possibly car insurance and other services) if they are full-time, except for one term per year (usually summer). Students may also be eligible for elected office in student government or other student organizations only if they are full-time. The Department of Labor has a full-time student program which allows employers to pay no less than 85% of the minimum wage to the student/employee. See also
Look up full-time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Full-time employees - Casual, part-time & full-time". Fair Work
Ombudsman, Australian Government. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
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^ "More two-income couples with one full-time job and one large
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Part-time workers' rights".
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