Comstock's magazine 0818 - August 2018 - Page 26

n EVIL HR LADY DILEMMA OF THE MONTH Managing Seasonal Labor by Suzanne Lucas ILLUSTRATION: JOHN CHASE M y business is quite seasonal. We have work year round, but in the off-season we don’t need the same number of employees. It’s just not profitable to keep everyone on the payroll 12 months out of the year. Can I drop hours? Can I lay people off and rehire? Are there things that make one option better than the other? A SEASONAL BUSINESSES ARE COMMON, SO YOU’RE NOT ALONE IN YOUR CON- CERNS. Employees are the biggest expense in most businesses, and when you’re not getting enough work, it makes little sense to keep paying people. Laying people off isn’t without costs, though. Let’s explore the numerous factors you’ll want to consider when crafting a hir- ing/employment strategy. ACTUAL SALARY COSTS If your employees are exempt, you have to pay them the same amount no matter how many hours they work in a single week. So, if you have 10 hours of work during the off- season, they still get t H[YH^XX^H[܈[ Z\YZ\[B\HX\ۋ\XY˘H]Y\ N\X^HY[HYX[\]]8&\œ\وHY[ٙ܈^Z[ݙ\[YB\[H\HX\ۋ[[x&\B[[][[\K[H[ZH[H[[ۜY\][ۈ[YB\][[X[[\H]XZ\[B[YXHܚ^HXX[H˂܈ۋY^[\ \JH[\YY\[HۛH]H^H[H܈HXX[\ܚY Y[x&]HY[Y[[KBYYH܈[ Z\Y[[[BYHY\[H[]H^H\\[\[YܛXH]ˈ]Y[HۛBY[Y[H܈\[x&\H^B܈ˊBSSTSQS’Y\[HX\ۋ[\ۋY^ B[\[\YY\&H\8%[\Z\