Thank you for the information:
Typically, we hire someone in October and they are let go by christmas.
Your Question: I own a small business. It is seasonal. My ads make it clear that it is a seasonal position and it will not extend beyond christmas. Many of my employees are on unemployment before they come to me. Many apply for benefits after coming to me. How can I stop this cycle? DLLR has provided no direction. We have even gone before the labor board and they sided with our help. Any ideas? Thank you in advance. Response: If the DLLR is siding with the workers, the way you may get around this may be to employ them for less than three months. Monetary eligibility for employment benefits is based on quarters. So, if you were to employ the workers for less than a quarter, less than three months, you may be able to legally avoid being responsible for their unemployment compensation. See the FAQ for monetary eligibility for more information: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/claimfaq.shtml#monelig
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