Full-time Employment Definition

Full-time employment is a designation that is left up to the employer to define and is generally described in a given company’s employee handbook.

Full Time Employment Extended Definition
While no labor laws explicitly define full-time employment compared to part-time employment, a full-time employee typically works 40 hours, or close to it, ranging from 32 – 40 hours a week.

Some full-time employees are compensated with a salary instead of an hourly wage, which remains fixed whether they work more than 40 hours or fewer. Full-time employment is more often understood as a career position, and these employees typically receive commensurately more training and responsibilities than their part-time co-workers.

These positions often entail the possibility of promotion and advancement within the company. Full-time positions also tend to come with complete benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and retirement savings plans.

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Rachel Blakely-Gray | Apr 27, 2023

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