Ready for some good news on the job front? Many part time jobs offer health benefits.
The assumption that benefits come only with a full-time job is becoming more and more false as companies looks to cut costs but still attract talented, professional workers. The benefits are not always stellar, and getting a part time job with benefits may not be ideal for everyone’s situation, but for many it’s a great way to have some coverage where there would be none. With most of these jobs, you must work 20 hours a week to qualify. Click the links to be taken to the company’s career page.
UPS describes their benefit package for part-time workers as “world class.” It includes medical, dental, and vision coverage plus life and long-term care insurance, 401(k), discounted stock options, tuition reimbursement, and an income protection plan.
Whole Foods added 14 new stores last year and offers a laundry list of benefits to all their employees, including those working part time. Team members are eligible for health, dental, and vision plans after 400 service hours as well as a 401(k) retirement plan, paid time off, a 20 percent store discount, gainsharing and a stock option plan.
REI offers some of the best benefits on this list; they include medical, dental, accident and life insurance coverage for those who work 20 hours a week. Even for those who work less than 20 hours a week, the company pays 60% of the cost of medical and the entire premiums for accidental and life coverage. There’s also a hint that part-timers may be eligible for discounts on company products of up to 50%.
Employees are offered a choice of two PPO plans through Premera Blue Cross. The plans are available to all eligible employees living in the United States, except Hawaii, and can also cover dependents. Coverage begins after the first two month period in which at least 160 hours have been worked. Employees must work 240 hours per quarter to maintain coverage, which works out to be about 20 hours per week.
Target offers a somewhat limited plan that pays a flat amount for procedures, but I’m listing it here because, with a company this size, there are tons of openings. The benefits package you get depends on the hours you work and your position.
FedEx offers medical, dental, vision, stock plans, and adoption benefits after 90 days and paid holidays after one year.
Part-time employees at Lowe’s have access to a limited benefit health plan plus life, vision, dental, and disability, as well as a 401(k). They also earn 40 hours of vacation after just 180 days of service.
8. J.C. PENNEY
At JCPenney anyone working fewer than 35 hours per week is eligible for their Additional Benefits Choices program, which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage plus life insurance and critical illness/accident coverage.
Among Nordstrom’s offerings to part-time staff are health insurance, 401(k), life, disability, and accidental death insurance, paid time off, and adoption assistance. Based on employee forums, the benefits at Nordstrom are very good.
10. BANK OF AMERICA
Bank of America offers medical, dental, and vision to employees working at least 20 hours per week.
Do you have a part time job with benefits? If so, where do you work? Do you know of other companies that offer benefits to part timers? If so, please share!