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The rule was established to protect the hours of full-time firefighters whose time is more expensive for city officials than that of part-timers. The law defines part-time workers as those with the "expectation" to work less than 1,500 hours, which has caused much debate among part-timers and government officials alike.
Particularly, controversy has risen in the Jefferson Township where nine part-timers worked an average of 37 hours a week, nearly full-time, while only earning $22,000 without benefits. The typical pay of a full-time employee is between $50,000 and $75,000 plus benefits.
Some believe that these infractions will lead to further hiring for full-time employees, though that remains to be seen.