HR Support With Temporary Workers

Editor's Note: Meet compensation and recordkeeping challenges related to temporary employees.

Marta MoakleyOverview: Temporary employees go by a variety of names: contract employees; seasonal hires; interim employees; casual staff; freelancers; contingent employees; or, simply, temps. Temporary employees may work full time or part time. In addition, temporary employees may work for more than one employer at a time, resulting in a joint employment or co-employment relationship.

Recordkeeping and regulatory requirements may vary depending on an employer's relationship to the temporary employee, and on whether a joint employment relationship exists. In addition, certain temporary workers may need specific visas or work permits, especially when providing seasonal agricultural services. As with any employee compensation situation, fines and penalties await an employer that misclassifies a temporary worker or that fails to accurately record and pay any hours worked.

Trends: Temporary employees may be eligible for health care cafeteria plans and other benefits under a contingent employment arrangement. Employers should stay abreast of any changes in benefits requirements due to the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions in the coming months.

Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor

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