Part Time, Temporary, and Seasonal Employees
Traditional employment consists of full-time work—or approximately 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, for a total of 40 hours per week. Without a doubt, a significant portion of all employees consists of full-time employees. However, many employers fall under the categories of part-time, temporary, and seasonal.
There are many questions that arise from those who are classified as part-time, temporary, or seasonal employees. Consider the following questions:
- Do part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees have rights in the workplace?
- Are part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees protected from unfair treatment in the workplace?
- Are part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees subject to the same wage and hour laws as full-time employees?
- Do part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees have the same rights as full-time employees?
The answers to these questions can sometimes be unclear—especially when part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees are often seen as lesser than full-time employees. Why are you asking yourself these questions? Do you suspect that your rights in the workplace have been infringed in any way? If so, it is possible that you might have grounds to file a claim and receive compensation.
For more information about your employment rights if you are a part-time, temporary, or seasonal employee, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about your right or discuss the possibility of pursuing an employment claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible.
California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of employment claims and representing employees. Our employment attorneys have helped countless employees exercise their rights and recover the compensation that they deserve. If you are ready to discuss your employment claim with our attorneys, contact our law firm today.
The Difference between Part-Time, Temporary, and Seasonal Employees
In general, everyone knows what full-time employment consists of—an employee working at least 40 hours a week. However, the difference between part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees can be unclear. Consider the following:
- Part-time employees: part-time employees generally work less than 35 hours per week. Part-time employees are usually paid on an hourly basis. Part-time employees are held up to the same standards as full-time employees—adhering to company rules, obligations, and practices, etc. Part-time employees are usually not eligible to receive the same benefits that full-time employees receive.
- Temporary employees: temporary employees join companies knowing that they are on short-term assignments. Temporary employees can be hired to cover for employees that are absent, to fill temporary vacant positions, or to address shortcomings in the company’s workforce. Temporary employees could be hired directly by the company or by a temporary staffing agency. Temporary employees are usually not eligible for benefits through the company in which they are temporarily working; however, they are sometimes provided benefits by the temporary staffing agency with which they work.
- Seasonal employees: seasonal employees are hired by companies to keep up with the demands of peak seasons. Seasonal employees usually work part-time during the season for which they are hired.
For more information about the differences between part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Your Rights as a Part-Time, Temporary, or Seasonal Employee
It does not matter if you are working as a part-time, temporary, or seasonal employee; you have rights. Your rights as an employee must be respected at all times by your current employer, regardless of the type of employee as which you were hired. You have the following essential rights:
- The right to work in an environment that is free of discrimination
- The right to report a safety violation without facing repercussions
- The right to refuse to take a polygraph test
- The right to earn at least minimum wage
- The right to receive overtime pay or double pay when applicable
- The right to an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes if working more than 5 hours (and a second meal break if working more than 10 hours)
- The right to a 10-minute break for every 4 hours worked.
These are just some of the employment rights that you have whenever you are employed, regardless if you are a part-time, temporary, or seasonal employee. If these rights are infringed in any way, you could pursue a claim and receive compensation.
Your Rights were Infringed: Now What?
How were your rights infringed? Were you discriminated against? Were you retaliated against after trying to exercise some of your rights? Were you denied the minimum wage? Were you forced to work without any rest breaks or meal periods? No matter how your rights were infringed, you could take action.
Now, depending on how your rights were violated in the workplace, the action you take would be different. California employees who are victims of any sort of discrimination in the workplace can file claims with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). On the other hand, California employees who are victims of the violation of wage and hour laws can file claims with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).
You might also have the right to pursue a civil claim against the employer that violated your rights as an employee. Filing a claim could make you eligible to receive compensation. In general, those who file employment claims are eligible to recover compensation for the following:
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Lost benefits
- Punitive damages
Without a doubt, the type and amount of compensation that you are eligible to receive will depend on the details of your claim. Because of that, it is essential that you seek legal assistance immediately. You likely have the right to sue and receive compensation, and our knowledgeable employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group will provide you with all the information that you need to sue the employer that violated your rights as a part-time, temporary, or seasonal employee. Do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
Contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
Our law firm has dedicated many years to fighting for the rights of all employees who have been victimized in the workplace. If your rights were violated in any way, you likely have the right to take legal action. Could you sue? Could you receive compensation? If you have these questions, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible from experts in employment law. You should contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.
California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience representing employees all over California. Our experts are knowledgeable in extensive employment topics, and they are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue a claim and receive the compensation that you deserve. Are you are ready to discuss your claim with our attorneys? If so, you should contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation or free second opinion.
Our free consultations and free second opinions are designed for those who are both interested in starting their claims and interested in redirecting their claims. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our experienced employment attorneys will provide you with all the information that you need. Our lawyers will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and ensure that you have the guidance necessary to pursue your claim. It does not matter if you are starting your claim or if you are looking for redirection after your claim was affected by an incompetent attorney; you could trust our employment experts to effectively handle your claim and help you get on the right track towards a successful claim outcome. If you would like to benefit from our free consultations or free second opinions, do not hesitate to contact our law firm and request an appointment to speak with our experts.
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