Although the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not directly define full-time or part-time employment, there are standards to follow.

It is up to the church to decide how many hours per week employees must work to receive either full-time status or part-time status. As long as the church designates what constitutes full-time and part-time status and applies it uniformly to all employees, the church can grant or withhold church-provided benefits on the basis of their own definition of full-time and part-time employment.

From the perspective of the new healthcare reform laws, any employee who works 30 hours a week or more is designated as a full-time employee. Any person who works less than 30 hours a week, should be designated as part time. 


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