What do we need to know about hiring a temporary employee?
Question: We have an employee who is going on a leave of absence. We will need to hire a temporary employee to cover those duties. What do we need to know about hiring a temporary employee?
Answer from Emily, MBA, SPHR: The process for hiring a temporary employee is like hiring regular employees. You will post the position, go through a selection process, ensure all necessary new hire paperwork is completed, and onboard the temporary employee. Just be sure you’re clear in the job posting and during the interviews that the position is temporary. If you know the length of the assignment, you should mention it.
Of course, there’s also the option of using an agency to assist you with the process. There would be a cost, but they’d likely be able to find you a temporary employee faster than you would using your usual process. They’d also handle most of the typical employment-related paperwork.
This Q&A does not constitute legal advice and does not address state or local law. Emily's robust experience overseeing HR in the non-profit, healthcare, and hospitality industries brings valuable knowledge to clients. She graduated coe with degrees in Music and Entrepreneurial Business, and her passion for helping and working alongside people led her to the fielllegd of HR. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling and home brewing.
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