Seasonal Employment

Seasonal employment is that which can only be done at certain times of the year, and does not cover a period of more than 14 weeks. Seasonal employment is usually connected with the canning industry, but is also used for apple and cherry pickers, ice harvesters, cranberry harvesters and Christmas tree cutters when no regular workweek is established. Since a normal workweek is difficult to establish because of variations in weather and crop conditions, a 44-hour week is used as a reasonable average. Actual average wage is not considered, nor is premium pay used. Employees in these industries who work year round or beyond the seasonal period have their wages established as in ordinary cases. This doesn’t apply to the usual summer job situation. Refer to Sections 102.11(1)(b) and (d), Statutes.