Manage Seasonal Employees

Key Points

  • Managing seasonal employees can be challenging. Sometimes, one employer hires hundreds or thousands of employees under strict time constraints. Employers should ensure hiring managers carefully review applications and check references. Employers should guard against negligent retention claims by emphasizing reference and background checks, and using a signed offer letter for each hire. Employers should employ industry best practices when retaining new hire paperwork.
  • Employers should ensure that all seasonal employees are properly classified, that wage and hour laws are followed, and that any overtime due is paid. If employing minors, employers should follow state and federal laws regarding work permits, breaks and other child labor requirements.
  • Recognize that temporary or seasonal employees may be entitled to employee benefits, depending on employer policy. In addition, employers have many of the same responsibilities toward temporary or seasonal employees as full-time employees under various federal and state laws, including discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower protections.

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