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The in's and out's of seasonal employee staffing needs

As the holiday season begins and consumers open their pocketbooks to dole out money for gifts and necessities, many of these businesses being patronized consider their current staffing situation and whether or not it is necessary to bring on part-time, full-time or seasonal workers. 

However, as business-owners determine their staffing needs and individuals consider the possibility of new employment, it is important for both sides to understand the definitions of the different levels of employment and what is needed to properly adhere to these roles.

  • Full-time employees: Work 40 hours per week or more.
  • Part-time employees: Work no more than 35 hours each week.
  • Seasonal employees: Work for a business during a specific season, such as the winter holidays or summer. These employees are typically only hired as part-time.
  • Temporary employees: Hired to fill in on a temporary basis for absent workers or to complete a specific project. 

Now, as important as it is to understand the various types of employees, it is also important for employers to follow some simple tips when it comes to hiring new employees.

  1. Conduct background checks on all new employees, even seasonal ones.
  2. Clearly explain to seasonal or temporary employees the expectations of the job; including duration, benefits which are and are not applicable to their role and when the job is expected to end.
  3. Know and understand applicable labor laws for each employee-role
  4. Depending on the nature and size of your business, what benefits are employees, regardless of their role, entitled to receive, such as workers' compensation
  5. Ensure proper training for seasonal and temporary employees is followed

By following these tips and tricks of employment, both employers and workers can contribute to a smooth-flowing work environment and hopefully a productive holiday season.

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