What Is a Full-Time Contract?

A full-time employment contract requires between 35 and 40 hours of work per week. A work day is usually between five and eight hours; 12-hour shifts are only three days per week. For more hours, the company has the obligation to pay the employee overtime.

Companies pay either hourly or salary for work completed. Tax withholding and reporting is the responsibility of the employer. The employee is usually entitled to benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, 401(k), vacation, dental insurance and retirement. The employee or employer can terminate the full-time contract at any time. The employee also has the possibility to change from full-time to part-time or casual employment. However, some laws protect workers from unfair discrimination and unsuitable working conditions.

Job stability is another advantage provided by a full-time position. However, even if there is no end date, an employer has the right to fire the employee if it is not pleased with the work quality. Another responsibility of the employer is the training and promotion of workers. Employers often have continuing education plans in place to improve skills and to boost the morale of employees. It is up to the employer if the training is paid or not.