Post # 1
So I posted a few days ago about my new job working me 40 hours and me hearing that I’m considered only part time, which means that I get no benefits. I emailed HR on Friday about it:
I’m new at the [City] branch, planning to be hired in mid-October. I took over for [old person] (haven’t gotten my own email set up yet, sorry!). I’m wondering if you can explain to me the difference between a full time and a part time employee, as I’m a little confused.
She emailed me back this morning:
A full time employee is someone who receives insurance benefits. A part time employee doesn’t receive insurance benefits.
Is there something specific that you are questioning with a part time status?
Post # 3
lol I’m confused too about your email to them. I would ask outright why you’re considered part time if you’re working 40 hours a week.
Post # 4
i agree, definitely mention the hours factor in your reply
Post # 5
Where did you hear that you are part time from? I though part time required less than 25 or 30 hours. I also think she answered your question… you should just be direct and ask her what you are considered in the system and if you get benefits.
Post # 6
Whaaaat. I’d want to know why I’m considering part-time but will be working 40 hours a week! Seems like someone has their signals crossed somewhere.
Post # 7
That is frustrating. I’d email her back and definitely be blunt with them.
Post # 8
Hahaha. What an asshole. I would reply back saying “Sorry for the confusion, but I am curious as to why I am working 40 hours, but still considered a part time employee with no benefits.”
You can totally word it better than that.
Post # 9
If they offer benefits to full-time employees, they should have a defined plan laying out who is eligible and when (PT v. FT, hours worked, age requirement, waiting period before benefits kick in, etc). You should definitely mention your hours when you reply to her. They could get in trouble if they aren’t offering benefits to eligible employees. It’s like when some employers claim that some people are 1099 contractors instead of employees to get out of paying taxes/benefits.
Post # 10
@pinkshoes: Briefly from our branch manager, and then before he told corporate that they were keeping me, the job opening they put on our website said part time.
She did answer the question in a sense, but only just. I did email her back:
I was just curious because I work in this position 40 hours a week, but it’s been mentioned that it’s a part time position, which doesn’t seem right to me. I guess I’m just confused about working full time hours but not being eligible for benefits.
When I worked retail (part time), I was offered benefits (though they were crappy and cost way too much). The only difference between part time and full time there was that the benefits were cheaper for full timers and they made more per hour (and couldn’t be sent home early).
Post # 11
@vorpalette: I’m glad you emailed her back about the fact that you work full-time hours. I’m curious what she’ll say when she gets back to you. Hope it works out!
Post # 12
Sounds like they’re trying to flub around and not give 40 hr/week folks the benefits they deserve… I hope she responds that there’s been a misunderstanding and that of COURSE you are eligible for benefits!
Post # 13
SO I finally got an answer! HR girl never responded to me, instead emailing my branch manager so HE could come talk to me. Apparently it gets slow here in the winter and they send people home, which means I probably won’t get 40 hours, which means no benefits. He DID say that there’s a chance that I could be hired on as the admin and showroom, but we already have a showroom person. I would LOVE to work over there, but it sucks that I’m not getting benefits. At least I never opted in through the temp agency, because then I’d really be screwed.