Seasonal Hires down in NJ

New Jersey workers’ compensation law makes no distinction between seasonal employees and 50-year veterans in regards to entitlement to compensation for work-related injuries. Seasonal employee have the same rights and protections under our laws as do ‘permanent’ employees.

Seasonal workers hired by nation’s retailers in November 2006: 427,000

Seasonal workers hired by nation’s retailers in November 2007: 458,000

Seasonal workers hired by nation’s retailers in November 2008: 217,200

Source: ‘The Record,’ B-1, December 9, 2008.

FAQ: Is there a minimum number of weeks worked to receive WC benefits pay or is a seasonal employee entitled to compensation if he gets hurt on day one?

Answer: If an employee is hurt in the first minute he “punches in” he is entitled to exactly the same medical, wage replacement, and permanent disability benefits as if he had worked for the employer for 50 years.

Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC, a 19-attorney law firm dedicated to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers' compensation claims. Greg is the author of a popular series of "Handbooks" on workers' compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or glois@lois-llc.com