The part-time workforce in America is expanding, prompting employers to consider voluntary benefit packages as a recruitment and retention tool not only for full-time staff, but their variable hour employees, as well.

Factors such as a struggling economy and the Affordable Care Act’s looming employer mandate have prompted some employers to hire part-time workers in lieu of full-time ones. The total number of Americans working part-time has grown to about 28 million, or 20% of the working population, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up from 17% in 2007 (just before the recession).  

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