Business Insurance and Season HiresConsiderations For Temporary Workers

Many of us look forward to the summer all through the winter. Not only does it mean that the weather warms and the days get longer, for many companies it also means an uptick in sales. If you are in an industry that experiences a busier season during the summer, you may be thinking of bringing on summer hires to help you manage the workflow. Before you do, here are a few things you should know about seasonal workers.

  • The Same Laws Apply. Just because your workers are temporary does not mean labor laws go out the window. Workplace health and safety, discrimination, minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, child labor, and harassment laws are still all in effect.
  • You Still Need To Offer Benefits. Dependent upon your state’s regulation, there are some benefits you will need to offer regardless of the temporality of a worker. Namely, check that you are offering the right unemployment benefits, withholding the right portion of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and are carrying workers’ compensation for your short-term hires.
  • There Are Legal Considerations. Even though you do not plan to keep your seasonal hires on long-term, they will still have access to your company’s data. Consequently, it is in your best interest to be thorough in your hiring process and you may want to consider having your summer hires sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

You have enough to focus on with trying to find the right seasonal hire to fit your team. Let the experts ensure you have the right insurance coverage—including workers’ compensation—to protect your new, temporary employees. For all of your business insurance needs in Arcadia and the rest of California, contact Weaver & Associates Inc. Our dedicated staff is here to help you safeguard every member of your team.