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 of Southern Arizona 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:
- 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.