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Yes, when employees become eligible for benefits, ERISA requires that the plan provide you at least a summary plan description for the plan benefits. In a case like yours, you probably qualified for benefits because of your hours, but because you were called "part-time" it didn't occur to anyone to get you those plans or tell you about the eligibility you have. The bad news is that you in all likelihood are going to have to get a lawyer and sue them to get these benefits at this point, because they're not just going to pay them out to you when you point this out; they'll contest this.
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