Biz Owner’s Guide to Seasonal Hiring

small 3995554751 11 150x150 Biz Owners Guide to Seasonal HiringSummer is here and with it a multitude of teens, college students and many others looking for employment – even if just for a few months. Better Business Bureau reminds employers that hiring seasonal workers – regardless of age –  involves following many of the laws and regulations that apply to full-time employees.

If you’re hiring seasonal employees, keep in mind:

  • State child labor laws differ so it’s important to become familiar with what is allowed – and not allowed in regard to ages, restrictions and allowable types of work for youths and teens 9 and older. Check your state’s website fir specifics.
  • Interns – paid or unpaid – should not be treated as replacement employees (even if just for a few months). Have specific tasks or activities designated just for them that would not ordinarily be done by a paid employee. Internships need to be for a specific length of time with no guarantee of a paid position later on.
  • Be specific about the job, what it entails and how it should be performed. Don’t differentiate between seasonal and year-round employees – everyone should adhere to company policies and rules and everyone should have their own copy of the company handbook.

  • Provide safety training at the beginning of employment to ensure seasonal employees understand workplace risks and hazards and what to do if they’re injured on the job.

  • Seasonal and part-time employees are subject to the same tax withholding rules that apply to other employees.

What additional tips can you share about managing seasonal hires?

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About Luanne Kadlub

Luanne Kadlub, communications editor for BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming, has been a writer/editor for newspapers, magazines and nonprofits for more than 30 years.