Biz Owners' Guide to Summer Hiring

May 22, 2013

Summer 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.

  • 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.

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