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Everything You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation for Seasonal Employees

  • Published: November 20, 2022

When hiring seasonal workers, it’s important to understand how your state’s workers’ compensation laws may impact potential employees. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to protect employees against medical bills and lost wages if they are injured on the job. Depending on your state, there may be limitations when hiring seasonal workers, especially if you work with youth or other job candidates that are new to the workforce.

If you hire seasonal workers, there may be some special considerations based on the nature of their jobs and their inability to return to their normal employment after the season is over. KCNS Law Group can help you understand this complex topic and answer any questions you may have about your own workers’ compensation claim if you’re a seasonal employee.

Who Is a Seasonal Employee?

A seasonal employee is a worker who is hired to work for a specific period of time, typically during a busy season or peak time for a company. Seasonal employment is often found in industries such as hospitality, retail, and agriculture. Seasonal workers typically have a set start and end date for their employment.

Are Seasonal Employees at Higher Risk of Injury?

Seasonal employees can be at a higher risk of injury simply due to what jobs are considered seasonal. This is due to the fact that they are often not as familiar with the work environment and may not be aware of the dangers involved as well. For example, agricultural workers may be harmed by farming equipment. 

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Seasonal Workers?

It’s important to know that workers’ compensation may not cover seasonal workers in the same way as it does other employees. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. In most cases, these benefits are available to full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees. However, there might be some exceptions.

Seasonal and part-time workers are often excluded from health and other benefits, but this is not always the case. If a seasonal worker is injured on the job, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if their employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Some states have laws that require employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage for seasonal and part-time employees. However, in other states, employers may voluntarily offer coverage to seasonal and part-time employees, meaning that not every employee may opt in.

Do All Seasonal Employees Get Workers’ Compensation in California? 

The answer to this question depends on the state that the person is working in along with what kind of workers’ compensation insurance that their employer has. Fortunately, California is a state that requires employees to provide workers’ compensation for all employees, including seasonal and temporary workers. 

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney at KCNS Law Group Today

Seasonal workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. However, in some states, employers are exempt from providing this type of coverage to seasonal workers. As always, it’s important to check your state’s laws to see if you need to provide health insurance benefits for seasonal employees.

If you are a seasonal employee that has been injured at work, the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at KCNS Law Group can help. Our workers’ compensation lawyers can fight for the benefits you deserve. Contact us online or call us at (818) 937-9255. Our experienced lawyers provide meaningful legal solutions designed to meet each client’s individual needs, as well as exceptional customer service and attention to detail.

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