How many hours does someone have to work per week to be offered health insurance by the employer?

Or do they even have to offer insurance?

Asked on December 4, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally, absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, there are no laws/requirements that mandate an employer provide an employee with "fringe benefits" (i.e. vacations, sick leave, health insurance, pensions or profit-sharing plans). But if the employer does provide such benefits, they cannot be provided discriminatorily.  This means that an employee cannot be denied benefits or receive lower benefits because of his or her age, disability, race, color, sex, national origin, or religion.  Additionally, since these benefits are discretionary, an employer may set policy as to the terms upon which they are earned (i.e. the number of hours that an empoyee must work).

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