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Hiring Seasonal Employees this Summer

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyThe days are finally starting to get a little warmer in chilly Chicago which can only mean one thing: summer is approaching. For many school-age children, this means a long break from homework and early bedtimes. For some high school and college students, the end of the school year signals the beginning of their summer job search. While summer jobs are less popular than they were 30 years ago, many teenagers will be looking for temporary or seasonal jobs this summer. Studies show that about 35 percent of those aged 16 to 19 will be searching for seasonal work during this year’s break from school. For small business owners, this is a great way to hire extra help while also investing in a young person’s future.

Start Looking for Candidates Now

Although the end of the school year is still a few weeks away for most students, the time for business owners to start recruiting summer help is now. It can be tricky to find the right employee for your business. You need to find someone who is able to learn the job quickly, is reliable and dependable, and is willing to be hired on only a temporary basis. These constraints significantly narrow the pool of possible candidates. Expect the hiring  process to take several weeks at least.

Younger Employees May Need Extra Patience and Guidance

If you choose to hire teens to work in your business this summer, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Firstly, the candidates who will apply for your summer positions will probably be quite inexperienced. Seasonal employees may need extra help learning the ropes. Some young employees will not have their own vehicle and may be reliant on their parents for transportation. Try to be patient with your summer help. One benefit of hiring young people is that you may stumble upon a fantastic employee who will eventually become a full-time employee. You are also giving the teens you hire a hugely beneficial life experience.

Stay Compliant with the Law

Make sure your business is operating within the bounds of the law with regard to how many hours the teens work, minimum wage, and break times. Violating any federal, state, or local labor laws can land you and your company in serious legal trouble. It could also earn you a reputation as business that does not treat summer help well, which could make it harder to find good candidates next year.

If you need further assistance with hiring seasonal employees, staying compliant with labor regulations, or any other aspect of business law, the experienced Arlington Heights business law attorneys at A. Traub & Associates can help. Call 847-749-4182 to schedule a confidential consultation today.



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