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Frequently Asked Questions About Temporary Employees

If you are a business owner, or you are someone seeking employment, temporary employees may be a term you hear. Staffing agencies usually work with those seeking employment to fill spots for employers who are looking for a temporary employee or looking to fill a temp-to-hire position. Read on to get answers to some of the most asked questions about temporary employees.

What is a Temporary Employee? 

A temporary employee is a contracted worker who is assigned to work with a company or business for a short period of time. This time period can vary in length from a few weeks to no longer than one year.

The temporary employee usually has a strict contract that has very specific terms in the contract, including the hours the employee will work and how long the company will use the company. In most cases, a temporary employee is assigned from a staffing agency or employment agency to a company who needs to fill a temporary position. 

What Are the Benefits of Using a Temporary Employee For Businesses? 

Businesses use temporary employees for a number of different reasons. If they have an employee who is sick, undergoing surgery or who has just had a baby, they may need someone to temporarily fill that position. Or, during the company's heavy season, they may need help for just a specific season.

Temporary employees help businesses to get the help they need for a period of time, without forcing them to hire an employee that they may not need. Another major benefit for businesses is that temporary employees are already screened and vetted by staffing agencies. This means that they can get someone quickly to fill a specific role that they have. 

What Are the Benefits of Working As a Temporary Employee? 

The number one benefit to working as a temporary employee is that you can work for a specified period of time. Perhaps you are only in town for the summer months and want a temporary position. Or maybe you are having a baby and want to work just a few months before your baby comes.

Working as a temporary employee also allows you to work with different companies, helping you to try out a company before you potentially decide to apply for a long-term position with a specific company. 

Are There Specific Rules for Temporary Employees? 

When it comes to temporary employees, there are a few important rules to keep in mind. In most cases, a temporary employee can work for no more than one year at a time for a company. After that, they may be entitled to rights as an employee of the company they have been temporarily working for.

Another rule is that temporary employees are not entitled to medical insurance. However, some staffing agencies may offer benefits to their temporary employees. Lastly, temporary employees work under the same labor laws as everyone else. They are entitled to overtime pay after 40 hours and have the right to work in a safe workplace. 

There are a number of benefits to both businesses and job seekers when it comes to temporary employment. If you are looking to work as a temporary employee or you are a business who is looking to hire temporary employees, PRT Staffing, serving businesses in Arizona, Florida and Georgia, may be able to help. Reach out to us today to learn more.