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 Full-Time Employment

 Frequently Asked Questions


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not define full-time employment or part-time employment; rather, this is generally a matter of agreement between the employer and the employee. It is important to note that whether an employee is considered full-time or part-time does not change the application of the FLSA nor the Service Contract Act (SCA) or Davis-Bacon and Related Acts' (DBRA) wage and fringe benefit requirements. The Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration administers and enforces the FLSA, the SCA, and the DBRA.




  • elaws FLSA Advisor - Provides information that addresses key wage and hour topics, including a frequently asked question about full-time versus part-time employment.



  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
    Wage and Hour Division
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Room S-3502
    Washington, DC 20210
    Contact WHD
    Tel: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627
    Local Offices

  • For questions on other DOL laws,
    please call DOL's Toll-Free Help Line at 1-866-4-USA-DOL. Live assistance is available in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional service is available in more than 140 languages through a translation service.
    Tel: 1-866-4-USA-DOL
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627

*Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Labor's Confidentiality Protocol for Compliance Assistance Inquiries, information provided by a telephone caller will be kept confidential within the bounds of the law. Compliance assistance inquiries will not trigger an inspection, audit, investigation, etc.

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