What is the definition of “Seasonal Employee” and what are the drawbacks and benefits of using this classification? (From Illinois)

This is an area where state laws vary greatly. Illinois defines seasonal as an employee hired for less than 16 weeks. Even employees that meet the “seasonal” classification are entitled to minimum wage and overtime.

Rather than calling these workers “seasonal” it might be more effective to call them “temporary”. This would make then ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Hope that helps you out. =)

A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
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