laid off for the winter

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by dmk395, Jun 10, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 994

    Does anyone get laid off during the winter? I was curious if I incorporated, thus being a separate entity, could I lay myself and my employees off during the hectic New England winter?
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    Buy snow plows and stay busy during the winter. :)
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Never thoughtof that. My first thought would be like Lannele said and get into snow removal, but my second thought is...

    Hmmmm....... sounds like you should research this. I'm sure someone has tried it though and the loophole is probobly already repaired.

    Let us know what you find out though!
  4. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 994

    Is the increased overhead really worth it to get into snow plowing?
    Alot of guys around here do it, so there is obviously money in it. Nonetheless some of these are the same guys who drive around in trucks worth 30k (heavy duty 4x4 with all the options), doing the same amount of work I do with my truck worth about 2k.
  5. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Posts: 168

    My question is how do I keep from laying people off during the winter? They can get pretty comfortable at a new job after 3 months and they don't always come back. So far this is what we've done- We push the season until winter forces us to stop. Then we fix all the broken equipment and get ready for snow. We plow shovel and sand and pick up several construction demolition and hauling jobs. Then, we start spring by fixing all the broken stuff and jumping on jobs as soon as we can. It still makes for a hectic time with more workers than work.
  6. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 994

    Come on now guys, someone with a large company must know the answer to this one.
  7. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Large company owners don't have the problems of "laying themselves off" during winter. Most have seasonal workers and year round workers (meaning they have work year round).
  8. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    In theory you could get laid off but the question is who would do the paper work so you could collect compensation? Most states frown on this, you signing your own unemployment papers.
  9. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 678

    Sorry I don't think officers of a corporation can lay themselves off and collect. Anyhow, that would boost your unemployment rate.
  10. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 462

    Parkwest is correct. As officers of the corporation, you cannot lay yourself off. Even though you have to pay unemployment insurance on yourself, you'll never collect on it.


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