I am a new small subcontractor. I would like to hire a few part-time employees, since I only do a few jobs a year and cannot afford to hire full time employees presently. I did some research and apparently 35 hrs or less is classified as part-time, but could not find anything on whether as an employer I would be required to provide benefits( health insurance, etc). Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
In very general terms, whether to provide benefits through an insured health plan has historically been a matter of choice. The new health care reform law will require certain employers to cover those working more than 30 hours per week, or pay a penalty, but not until 2014. Nondiscrimination laws under the tax code that will soon apply to insured plans allow employers to exclude part-time employees. An employer's insurance policy might also dictate who it can or is required to offer coverage to. All employers should be very familiar with the eligibility terms of their policies before extending coverage or excluding employees.
Actually, California law does not require an employer to provide any benefits at all.
The employer is allowed to set its own policy as to how many hours of work would qualify an employee to begin to receive any benefits.
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