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What are your holiday employment rights?

Posted at 5:29 AM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 07:43:32-05

The hiring season isn't done yet, a lot of businesses are still boosting their staff to handle extended hours in these final weeks leading up to Christmas and the big day of returns afterward. 

Whether you're working in a store, or for a delivery service, be aware seasonal employees have the same rights as full time. 

Radix Law says you are still entitled to sick time even as short-term employee. If you work more than 40-hours in a week you are entitled to overtime pay and there is a recognized expectation that you get paid on time like regular employees. 

Health benefits vary depending on the company's standard grace period. Radix law says as long as the overall work term is under 190 days Affordable Care Act mandates don't apply. 

Principal Attorney Jonathan Frutkin says it's important for workers to know their rights and if your boss is breaking rules call them on it. 

"People are often afraid to say something because it's just a temporary job. The truth is even full-time employees feel that pressure. But know that the law protects you and employers need to be aware that seasonal employees are just like anybody else." said Frutkin. 

Worker rights and rules go both ways. Employees need to read the company handbook and be clear about any social media rules as they do still apply to even seasonal jobs. 

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If you're still looking to pick up a few hours before the end of the year a job fair is happening Monday at the Tempe Center for the Arts from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tuesday, Macy's at Paradise Valley Mall is looking to hire seasonal workers. The hiring event happens from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and managers will be interviewing on the spot. 

Hire Live is hosting a job fair Friday from 9 a.m. til 12:30 p.m. where Valley businesses will be looking to fill part-time and full-time positions including jobs with UPS and coding camps.