Day Labor Law and Legal Definition

Day labor is labor done where the worker is hired and paid one day at a time. There will be no certainty that more work will be available in the future. Day labor is a form of contingent work.

Day laborers find work through some employment agencies which specialize in very short-term contracts for manual labor most often in construction, factories, offices, and manufacturing. The workers will be assigned to a job on the spot. Labor unions also supply short-term labor for signatory employers in time blocks of less than a day. Workers also meet at well-known locations, usually public street corners or commercial parking lots, and wait for potential employers like, building contractors, landscapers, home owners and small business owners to offer work.

Usually, most of day labor is in small residential construction or landscaping projects. The workers earn very low wages. The day laborers may be undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America, who have difficulty in getting work due to employment regulations. Citizens of the U.S. are also engaged in day labor and day labor is often a transition to fulltime work.