In high school, I worked for Winfrey's Candy Store. I worked three hours a night, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Needless to say, I understood it was part-time.

But distinguishing the difference between full-time and part-time hours isn't always easy. For instance, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says, "This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer."

If you're an employee, it's critical you know whether you're working full-time or part-time. The classification has major implications, including your options for health insurance, how much paid time-off you get, and whether you're eligible for childcare reimbursement.Click here to download our free guide to hiring and training a team of  all-stars.

It's equally critical to distinguish the difference if you're an employer -- failing to properly label your employees as full-time or part-time could result in fines or penalties.

To learn how many hours full-time versus part-time is, keep reading.

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Originally published Oct 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated October 05 2018