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Do Seasonal Employees Qualify for Workers' Comp in California?


California guarantees workers’ compensation eligibility for all employees in California, and that includes both seasonal and temporary employees. This might come as a surprise to you if you are employed on either basis, but it’s true that you can file for workers’ comp if you are injured in a job-related accident at work.

Seasonal work ebbs and flows in certain industries throughout the year. Agricultural companies might need additional help during the planting and harvesting seasons while retail companies might require extra labor during the weeks and months leading up to the holidays.

Because these employees may be used to changing employers on a regular basis, they might not consider the fact that they have many of the same rights as other employees might have, workers’ comp eligibility being among them.

Part-Time or Full-Time: You Still Qualify

Part-time employees – but especially part-time seasonal or temporary employees – expect fewer benefits that may be offered to their full-time counterparts. These benefits can include participation in an employer’s healthcare or retirement plan, but they don’t include eligibility for workers’ comp.

Not only can you be a seasonal or temporary employee and qualify for workers’ comp, but you can also qualify whether you work part-time or full-time.

Usually, the only type of worker barred from workers’ comp eligibility is an independent contractor. This is because this worker is considered to be self-employed and not under the direct control or supervision of another company purchasing their services.

Injured on the Job? We Can Help.

If you are injured at work during a job-related accident, you can qualify for workers’ comp. This process isn’t always easy, though, and you may require professional guidance to help you through it.

Fortunately, our experienced workers’ comp lawyers at Alvandi Law Group, P.C. can help. We offer more than 75 years of combined legal experience that we can apply to your situation and help you achieve the workers’ comp benefits you need to move forward.

Learn more about how Alvandi Law Group, P.C. can help by scheduling a free consultation. Contact us today by calling (800) 980-6905 to get started!



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