Do employers have to provide health insurance for seasonal employees?

Experts say large businesses may have to provide health insurance for seasonal employees.

As the warmer weather rolls in, so does seasonal hiring.

Businesses are starting to search for employees to fill seasonal positions. In the case of the City of Amarillo's Parks and Recreation Department, they will be looking to fill over 50 jobs, everything from lifeguard positions, to scorekeepers. Many of these positions will have full time hours.

How does the health insurance mandate apply for seasonal hiring?

Richard Walton, risk manager with NC&W Insurance said it depends.

Small businesses do not have to offer health insurance. Large businesses, however, might have to.

"They do not have to offer benefits during the measurement period. That can be as long as 3 to 12 months," Walton said.

"At the end of that measurement period, they average it out and if you work more than 30 hours a week then, they have to offer benefits to you for the same amount that your measurement period was going forward," Walton said.

Walton also said the law is fairly flexible and do not think many large businesses will have to provide insurance for seasonal workers.