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Know the rules for hiring seasonal workers

  1. 1. Know the Rules for Hiring Seasonal WorkersPosted on February 28, 2012 by Maya PillaiSmall businesses hire seasonal help each year to meet the increased holiday demand fromOctober to January. If you are thinking of hiring seasonal help this year, you must know thehiring rules.What you Need to Know while Hiring Seasonal WorkersCompanies that run seasonally do not operate year round. However, that does not mean thosebusinesses are exempt from following the employment regulations and business laws. Here aresome rules you need to know when you hire seasonal workers. Seasonal workers are not exempted from labor laws – Labor laws such as workplace safety and discrimination are applicable to seasonal hires also. Check out the employment laws of the United States for small businesses. Extend benefits to seasonal employees – As a small business owner, you need to provide employees benefits, even if they are seasonal hires. This includes social security and work compensation. The other benefits that you can extend include paid vacation and© 2012 Apptivo Inc. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. retirement plans. You should clarify the benefits that you are providing to your temporary workers before you take them onboard, so there is a mutual understanding. Understand the filing rules – There are filings for hiring employees during a specific time of the years. For instance, during the holiday season, you have to check the seasonal employer Form 941 and Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return for each quarter you page wages. You should also notify the IRS of your seasonal status because if you are not paying wages for a particular quarter, you may not need to file your income tax returns for that quarter. Seasonal employees rules vary from state to state – If you are a seasonal employer, then you’ll have to fill out a special form. In some states, you may have to reapply from time to time. This is because during non-seasonal time, your seasonal employees could be eligible for unemployment benefits. Not only will it help the government rate your experience as a seasonal employer, but it will also determine your tax rate.New Rules to Hire Seasonal Workers from OverseasRecently, the labor department brought out a set of new rules and regulations for low-skilledseasonal hires from abroad. The booklet has 575 pages of regulations that employers need toknow before filing the H-2B visa to bring in employees for non-agricultural jobs. The new ruleswill come into effect from April 23, 2012 onwards. As per the new laws, the employers will have to convince the state agencies that they were not able to locate the kind of labor they were looking for in the U.S.© 2012 Apptivo Inc. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Small business owners will have to post jobs in a national online website that is administered by the Labor Dept. Apart from that, they will have had to advertise in local newspapers and publication before turning to hiring out of the country workers. According to the new rules, the employers will have to bear the travel costs to and from the home country of the employee, provided the hire completes a certain number of days on the job.The aim of these new rules is to increase the employment rate. “The H-2B program is designedto help businesses when there is a temporary shortage of U.S. workers,” says Hilda L. Solis,Secretary of Labor. The changes “will ensure that the program is used as intended by makingthese jobs more accessible to U.S. workers and providing stronger protections for every worker.”Flickr image by Mike Licht,© 2012 Apptivo Inc. All rights reserved.