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What you need to know about temporary employees

Businesses sometimes need employees to step in and take care of projects or tasks that aren’t expected to last a long time. This could happen if the workload suddenly increases and more workers are needed. It may occur if someone in the company has to take an extended leave. 

Temporary employees are sometimes the answer to these problems. There are some very specific points you need to know if you’re going to hire temporary employees.

How long can you employ a temporary employee?

An employee can be classified as a temporary employee if their employment term with your company is less than one year. There isn’t a limit to how many hours the employee can work. Remember, even temporary employees are subjected to the 1,000-hour rule, which requires they receive specific benefits if they work for your company more than 1,000 hours in one year. This averages out to 20 hours per week if they’ll be with your company for a full year.

What should be included in a temporary employment contract?

Temporary employment contracts are usually simple and clear. You must include their wage information and their job duties. If the employee will have any benefits, those should be included in the contract. It must also include the start and end dates for the employee. If the position is a temp-to-hire one, be sure to put applicable information in the contract.

Companies that are using temporary employees should ensure they’re handling the employment contract and other factors of employment correctly. This can help to protect your company from claims that laws pertaining to these employees aren’t being followed. Working with someone who’s familiar with how to handle these situations can help you address issues quickly and appropriately. 

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