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Work Hours

Full-Time Employment

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. Whether an employee is considered full-time or part-time does not change the application of the FLSA, nor does it affect application of the Service Contract Act or Davis-Bacon and Related Acts wage and fringe benefit requirements.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Fact Sheet on Hours Worked Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Provides general information concerning what constitutes compensable time under the FLSA.

"How Many Hours is Full-time Employment?"
Answers from the FLSA Advisor's FAQs.

Handy Reference Guide to the FLSA
Answers many questions about the FLSA and gives information about certain occupations that are exempt from the Act.

Coverage Under the FLSA
Fact sheet on who is covered by the FLSA.

Monthly Labor Review Article: "Workers with Longer Workweeks Often Earn More Per Hour"
Article published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that the weekly earnings of workers who work an extended workweek (between 45 and 99 hours) earn at least 32% more money than those who work a standard workweek (between 35 and 44 hours).

Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Regulations
29 CFR 4.176
Payment of fringe benefits to temporary and part-time employees on federal contracts covered by the Service Contract Act