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    I work part time for a town in Massachusetts. I am limited to 19 hours per week because the town has to offer benefits over 20 hours worked per week.

    Can I waive benefits in order to work more hours?

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    If the employer will allow it, you can. If the employer will not allow it, you can't.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


    • #3
      It may be more complicated than waiving benefits. I work for a municipality in Arkansas. Our retirement plan is governed by the legislature. All employees who work 20 hours or more per week must be enrolled in the plan. It's the law here. Therefore we have to keep our part time employees limited to less than 20 hours per week, or we have to pay retirement benefits for them. They cannot waive that benefit and we cannot afford to pay for the benefits for all our part time workers.


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