Are employers required to offer benefits if an employee is working more than 32 hours per week?

I work at a major retail chain and I work 35 hours per week on average. I am still considered a part-time employee, despite working above the standard for full time employment for over 15 weeks now. Should the company not be required at some point to offer me benefits and insurance options? I have been told there is a law in place,but I cannot find any statutes that address this issue.

Asked on March 11, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Connecticut


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Benefits offered by an employer are not entitlements. They are rewards to an employee to continue working at a given place. With respect to any benefits that a particular employer may offer his or her employee, you need to carefully read the employee/employer manual to see if you qualify for the benefits.

Assuming that you qualify for the benefits, then you should be entitled to them. You cannot be discriminated against by not getting the benefits of other employees assuming that you qualify for such.

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