Your rights as a seasonal employee in California
Seasonal workers are not without rights in California. You have access to certain protections regardless of your nationality or legal situation once an employer hires you for seasonal work.
Seasonal work in California includes the tourism, retail, and agricultural sectors. State law is in place to protect the interests of seasonal workers, as they are a vital part of the economy. See below to learn more.
Paid sick leave
According to California law, you have a right to paid sick leave if you work more than 30 hours. This accrues by one hour per every additional 30 hours you work for an employer. In addition, your employer does not have the right to punish you for taking paid sick leave or ask for a doctor’s note.
Seasonal workers have the right to minimum wage. It does not matter what type of work you perform; your employer does not have the right to diminish your pay in any way. You also can receive overtime or double pay depending on the work.
If you feel your job is unsafe or have a wage complaint, you have the right to report it. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting a safety violation.
Work stoppage and meal breaks
In California, you have the right to a 10-minute break for every four hours of work. Also, if you work for more than five hours, you have the right to a 30-minute meal break.
As a seasonal worker, you are essential to the California economy. Do not let employers deny your rights because you do not work full time.