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Bookmark These: Part-time problems
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Many people have been pushed into part-time jobs during these hard times. Others prefer shorter hours. These sites explain many of the issues that workers face along with shorter hours.
An article from the Economic Policy Institute looks at "the continuing problems with part-time jobs." Even this pre-Great Recession study found that the rise in part-time employment posed serious problems, including spotty or nonexistent benefits, and diminishing opportunities for advancement. It is surprising, then, that the article proposes expanding part-time opportunities, and adding prorated benefits, as a means of solving the problems.
Find out about your rights as a part-time worker here at the FindLaw site. One important thing to know is that, like an applicant for a full-time job, you may be able to negotiate many terms of your part-time employment during the hiring process. For example: Besides pay, what other benefits may be available to you, and at what cost to you, if any? Under what terms might your position become full-time? How would you be compensated if your hours go beyond the schedule you agree to?
PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME?
We wish the Department of Labor could do a more user-friendly job on the part of its site explaining part-time employment. But the subject is just too ... subjective. This page can't answer the question of how many hours constitute part-time work. "This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer," it says.
A Good Housekeeping article profiles women who were making good money putting in part-time hours. Who knows how they've fared through the recession? But the many tips here could help you imagine new possibilities. One woman started a contractor-referral service after remodeling her home. One became a part-time professor. Another worked from home on commission, booking travel for clients. Each example comes with "smooth-transition" tips.
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