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Unemployment claim hangs on seasonal staff duration

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Q. If our company hires seasonal employees for the holidays and then releases them after the Christmas rush, are we responsible as the last employer that will have an unemployment insurance claim placed against it? —B.B., New York

A. I'm not aware of any state unemployment compensation law that provides an automatic exemption for employees labeled “seasonal workers.” Determining whether your company would be charged in connection with the termination of a seasonal employee's job would likely hinge on the amount of time that the employee spent working there. In most states, the organization won't be charged for a seasonal employee who works for only a few weeks.

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