Manage Seasonal Employees

Key Points

  • Managing seasonal employees can be challenging since an employer may hire a great number of employees under tight time constraints. It is important to carefully review applications and check references, use a signed offer letter for each hire, and employ industry best practices when retaining new hire paperwork.
  • Make sure that all seasonal employees are properly classified, that wage and hour laws are followed, and that any overtime due is paid. If employing minors, 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 and obligations 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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