A sore point with me when I worked for the State of Delaware were the number of people working full-time but did not have full-time benefits; they were called seasonal employees even though they worked a full week doing the same work beside someone getting full-time benefits.
The reasoning of course was to save money. Yet when the Economic Development Department gave incentive monies to companies wanting to relocate or stay in the state they demanded a decent wage and benefits be given to their employees; a double standard.
Business are doing the same except they hire employees below the 35 hours which determine a full-time employee, short hours no benefits.
Now President Obama has signed into law which requires all businesses and I hope state governments to give the same leave, medical, or pregnancy, doctor appointments to part-time employees.
I know the question which is outstanding; who is paying for this? The employee of course, the states are getting some compensation to come up with their own program whatever that means.
Costly yes, fair, yes!