Hiring Part-Time Workers Can Have Downsides

October 29, 2010  |  

(LA Times) — Hiring a part-time worker can be a money saver for a small business, whether the company is growing or shrinking, but experts warn that the choice comes with possible downsides.  An unwary business could wind up facing an expensive legal battle if it runs afoul of federal or state labor laws, which generally apply to part-timers as well as full-time workers.  “I am getting more calls from small-business owners who are getting hauled into court or being audited by some agency because they are being accused of violating laws they didn’t even know applied to them,” said Teresa Tracy, a labor attorney in Marina del Rey.

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