Are Seasonal Employees Entitled to Workers' Compensation?
Seasonal employees are those that work in busier seasons, such as retail employees in the winter or lifeguards in the summer. Oftentimes, seasonal employees believe that they do not qualify for workers' compensation since they are not entitled to other benefits.
In California, any company with at least one employee must purchase workers’ compensation insurance and provide coverage for every employee whether they are: full-time, part-time, or seasonal. But unfortunately, most states do not require workers’ comp for independent contractors.
Is there a minimum amount of time I need to work there to qualify for Workers' Comp?
There is no minimum amount of time that you have to work for an employer to qualify for workers’ compensation, either. You are eligible for workers’ comp. from the first day, you are on a job.
Seasonal Workers Are More Likely to Be Injured at Work
Seasonal workers are actually more likely to be injured on a job compared to full-time employees. This is partially due to the fact that they work during busier seasons and have most likely not received proper training prior to beginning the job. Since many seasonal employees view their jobs as temporary, they tend to be more careless on the job as well.
If you or someone you know has been injured at work, do not hesitate to contact us at (818) 477-0773 for a free consultation with one of our experienced workers compensation attorneys.