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Defining Part-time Employment

The 'Part-time Employment' page of the U.S. Department of Labor website defines part-time work, provides links to the laws and regulations governing part-time work and lists other resources for this type of employment.

Knowing your rights as a part-time employee is an important factor in determining the type of work schedule that fits your needs. You will find the most up-to-date information about Fair Labor Standards, the number of hours considered part-time employment, the impact of part-time employment on salary and benefits and the laws and regulations for part-time employment.

Part-time employment is a great option if you need a more flexible schedule to support a healthy work-life balance. You may be in school, have small children, a deployed service member or other circumstances that keep you from seeking full-time employment. You may choose to work while your children are in school and save on child care expenses or perhaps work several hours in the evening once your children are in bed. Decide what works best for your situation and find a job that meets your needs. You can always add hours or take a full-time position when the time is right.

If you have questions or need additional assistance determining which work option can help you achieve a healthy work-life balance, contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website.

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