Every state administers its workers’ compensation insurance program differently, but having a policy is mandatory for virtually all companies with employees. And that generally means all types of employees—full-time, part-time, and seasonal. So, yes, seasonal workers can receive benefits under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.
Business activities come with risk. That’s true whether those activities are conducted by full-time employees, part-time employees, or seasonal workers. A seasonal worker may be less familiar with things like your business procedures, the equipment you use, and your facility in general, and therefore may pose a somewhat higher risk than a permanent employee.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be reluctant to bring them on as needed. For many businesses, seasonal help is essential in order to keep up with surges in demand.
The cost of workers’ compensation insurance is based on gross annual payroll. However, the rate varies by state. For example, the average cost per $100 in wages ranges from $.75 in Texas to $2.74 in Alaska.
If you’re wondering, “Will I have to pay the same workers’ compensation premium for full-time and seasonal workers?” the answer is no. The premium you pay is calculated based on the payroll you pay your workers, so the premium you pay for covering seasonal workers is based on the (seasonal) wages they receive.
For example, if you have one full-time employee earning $40,000 per year and the rate on your workers’ compensation insurance policy is $2.50 per $100 of payroll, you would pay $1,000 in premium to cover that full-time employee. If you bring a seasonal worker on for three months and pay them $10,000 in wages, you would pay $250 for their work comp coverage.
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