The 2020 holiday season will be different than past years for America’s workers. In addition to the traditional influx of seasonal hiring, the American workforce is striving to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. We want to remind all employers this holiday season to follow federal rules regarding seasonal employment, train all workers to prevent job hazards and implement safe work practices to prevent exposure to the coronavirus.
Here are some tips and resources to prepare for the holiday season:
- Train your staff – Every worker deserves a safe and healthful workplace, whether they are packing boxes, stocking shelves, delivering products or selling merchandise. It’s essential to train all employees, including seasonal workers, not only on how to perform their jobs safely but also on staying safe from the coronavirus.
- Ensure workers know their rights – Seasonal employees and those unfamiliar with their new position—especially young workers—need to know they have the right to a safe and healthful workplace and be paid properly. Employers can find information on workers’ rights, how to protect temporary and seasonal workers, and keeping young workers safe at OSHA.gov.
- Protect your workers – The holiday season can be a more vulnerable time for businesses. OSHA offers resources on holiday workplace safety for warehousing, delivery and retail workers. You can also find guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the coronavirus in retail and high customer-volume environments, stockrooms and loading docks, and package delivery.
- Brush up on wage and hour laws – Common holiday season labor violations include failing to pay salespeople and cashiers for time spent prepping or closing out a register, requiring stock room and warehouse personnel to work through breaks without compensation, and not providing overtime pay to employees working more than 40 hours in a workweek. Learn more about wage, hour, and leave laws.
- Check out our guidance for workers and employers on work hours, wages, and employment conditions, including the right to paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.