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Monday, December 4, 2017

What You Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Employees



Seasonal employee working during the holiday season

Business owners and HR professionals can use seasonal and temporary employees to their advantage this holiday season. By hiring short-term employees this holiday season, you can avoid hiring full or part-time staff members which your company may not need year round. Here is what you need to know about hiring seasonal employees.

What You Need to Know About Hiring Seasonal Employees

Labor Laws Apply to Seasonal Employees

It should go without saying that harassment, discrimination, and workplace health and safety laws still apply to short-term staff members. Seasonal employees are also protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor.

Required Benefits For Seasonal Employees

Whether an employee is seasonal, part-time or full-time, you must provide specific benefits required by law. Employers must withhold the appropriate amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes from employee wages. Although unemployment benefits vary depending on the state, typically employers are still obligated for temporary and seasonal employees. However, there are select exceptions because of the nature of the positions and apply to those employed ten weeks or less.

Independent Contractors Vs. Seasonal Employees


Season employee hired by HR on the computer Independent contractors are especially useful during the holiday season. It is important to note that independent contractors are not employed by you, only hired by you. This can be a major benefit to your company; because they are primarily self-employed, you are not required to provide benefit, withhold tax or pay unemployment taxes. While you can not dictate the hour's independent contractors work, you are required to report compensation of $600 or more.

ACA Compliance For Employers

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