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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tis the Season for Seasonal Workers

People often need extra cash around the holidays, and retailers need extra help. So hiring temporary workers over the holiday season can be a win-win for both the employer and the temporary employee. Here are a few things both parties need to know when entering into this relationship, even if it is temporary:

Lots of places need temporary help: Big retailers hire thousands of temp workers across the country (see Target’s announcement regarding the hiring of 70,000 seasonal workers this holiday season). But many smaller, locally-owned businesses need an extra hand, too. If you are intimidated by the big box retailers but need a job, make a point to speak with the owners of smaller stores near you.

It may not be temporary after all: Temp work may be a great foot in the door if you are seeking full-time employment. A spokesperson for retail giant Macy's recently stated that it looks for successful seasonal helpers with a can-do attitude to fill any full-time positions that may come available.

Working 40+ hours does not mean you're working full-time: Traditionally, full-time jobs are referred to as a "40-hour work week." This issue is currently being hotly debated as a portion of the Affordable Care Act defines full-time employment as 30+ hours a week. But as of the 2013 holiday season, the number of hours worked does not determine whether an employee has full or part-time status. The designation and benefits associated with full-time employment is still determined by the employer.

Many of the same rules apply, but not all: Although temporary employees are not offered the full suite of benefits available to traditional full-time employees, the federal legal requirements for fair treatment still apply (such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA).   Although some smaller, locally owned business may be exempted from some federal laws.

Addressing problems: Sometimes temporary workers with problems or complaints may not feel that they have the same access to HR or management as a fulltime employee. But it's smart for management to listen to temp employees and fairly address any problems that may arise at the local level. Temp workers who are not satisfied with how issues are handled may file complaints directly with government agencies such as the Department of Labor or the EEOC.

For more information about Employment Law, contact Lajuana Ransaw or call 770-957-3937. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the State of Georgia with expertise in this area of law. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and our community. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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