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What Is a Temporary Employment Contract

A temporary employment contract is a legal document used by companies to hire workers for a fixed period of time. Most of the time employment contracts are written with an open or indefinite lifespan, whilst temporary contracts have a set expiry date.

Businesses will often call upon short-term workers to achieve their goals. A temporary or part-time contract protects both parties under state and federal law even if they will only be working together for a short time. 

Types of Temporary Employment

There are lots of reasons why people seek temporary employment. For some flexible working suits their lifestyle better, whilst in other cases their work is seasonal rather than year-round.

The most common types of temporary workers include the following:

  • Contractors: employees who are only hired for a limited number of months or years to help companies manage projects and workload within the business.

  • Part-time workers: workers who are only hired for a set number of hours per week or per month.

  • Seasonal workers: employees who are only hired during a specific time of year. For example, farmworkers hired to help collect the harvest in late summer. 

  • Interns: short-term, usually unpaid, workers who join a company to gain work experience. 

How Does a Temporary Employment Contract Work

A temporary contract works like any other kind of employment contract for a job, aside from the fact it specifies a clear end date. It grants workers the same clarification on their hours, pay, and duties as you would expect normally.

However, it will also include a section detailing the term of the contract. This will explain how long it is set to run for and when it will end. 

A temporary contract does not mean the employee can’t continue to work for the company after this time. However, if both parties wish to continue their arrangement they will need to negotiate a new temporary or full-time employment contract together.

Terms to Include in a Temporary Employment Agreement

In order to make your temporary employment contract effective legally you will need to include a few crucial terms and conditions. These will outline what the employee is expected to do, what rules they must follow, and how they will be compensated

The most important terms to include in a temporary employment contract are as follows:

  • Terms of employment: outlining the position the employee will hold, their working hours, and their financial compensation. 

  • Benefits: this will specify if the employee is entitled to benefits such as paid leave or other incentives.

  • Responsibilities: explaining what the employee will do in the company and outlining their main duties.

  • Contract duration: detailing how long the contract will run and when it will end.

You can also add optional terms and clauses such as an NDA or a non-compete clause to the contract too. Whether you need these or not depends on the type of business you run and your specific situation. 

How to Write a Temporary Employment Contract

Writing your own temporary contract can be easily done online. Using our contract generator and professional templates you can quickly put together a legally binding agreement between a company and an employee. 

You’ll receive step-by-step guidance on what is legally required in your state and prompts on the essential data the final contract must include. This will ensure you don’t miss any key details that you need to remember. 

Alternatively, it is possible to have a lawyer draw up a contract for you. However, this is usually more time-consuming and expensive to do.  

Temporary Employment Contract Sample

Before beginning your own temporary contract, it’s a good idea to look over a real example first. Our employment contract sample below shows how a finished template will look and can give you a better idea of the key legal texts that will be included.

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Temporary Employment Contract Template

FAQs About Temporary Employment Contracts

When you start creating your own temporary employment contract you should have a clear idea of the information you must include. Review our FAQs below to understand the most important details you need to know about these kinds of contracts.

What Is The Difference Between an Employment Contract and a Temporary Employment Contract?

The big difference between a regular employment contract and a temporary template is that there is a fixed duration. A temporary contract has a built-in end date and will expire at a set time rather than running indefinitely as with most jobs.

What Is a Probationary Period?

A probationary period is a short duration at the beginning of an employment contract where employers and employees may end the contract without notice due to unmet expectations or disagreements. 

In the case of temporary contracts, these periods are usually shorter in length. This is to accommodate the shorter-term lifespan of these kinds of agreements.

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Temporary Employment Contract Template

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This Employment Contract (hereinafter, the “Contract”), is dated as of _________ (hereinafter, the “Effective Date”), and is entered into by and between the following Parties:

_________, with a permanent address at _________, on behalf of _________ (hereinafter, the “Employer”),


_________ with a permanent address at _________ (hereinafter, the “Employee”).

1) _________ is engaged in the business of _________.

2) _________ desires to employ and retain the services of _________ according to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

3) _________ desires to enter into such employment upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.
In consideration of this mutual understanding, the Employer and the Employee (hereinafter, the “Parties”) covenant and agree as follows:

1) _________ hereby employs _________ as a(n) _________.

2) _________ hereby accepts such employment, and agrees to abide by _________ and _________'s supervisory personnel rules, regulations, policies, and practices, including those concerning work schedules, vacation, and sick leave, as they may from time to time be adopted or modified.

3) _________ will perform the services described on the attached Exhibit A, which is made a part of this Contract by this reference.

4) _________'s title and responsibilities may be changed by agreement during the course of this Contract. However, the terms and conditions set forth in this Contract shall remain in full force and effect, unless otherwise specified by the Parties.
Best Efforts of Employee: _________ will at all times faithfully, industriously, and to the best of _________'s ability, experience, and talents, perform all the duties that may be required by the express and implicit terms of this Contract, to the reasonable satisfaction of _________. Such duties shall be provided at such place(s) as the needs, business, or opportunities of _________ may require from time to time.

_________ will primarily perform the job duties at the following location:

     - _________.
Indefinite Term: This Contract shall become effective on the _________ and shall continue to have effect for an indefinite term of years, unless otherwise terminated in accordance with the provisions of this Contract.

_________ acknowledges and agrees that all intellectual property and related material, including but not limited to any copyrightable works, ideas, discoveries, inventions, patents, products, or other information (hereinafter, the “Work Product”), performed under this Contract shall be owned by and belong exclusively to _________.

If requested by _________, _________ will provide and execute all necessary documentation to confirm or perfect the ownership of _________ to the Work Product.

1) Employee's Termination: _________ shall have the right to terminate this Contract at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal labor laws.

2) Employer's Termination: _________ shall have the right to terminate this Contract at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal labor laws.

If _________ is in violation of this Contract, _________ may terminate employment without notice and with compensation to _________ only to the date of such termination. The compensation paid under this Contract will be considered _________'s exclusive remedy.

Any and all notices, requests, demands, or other communications to be given under this Contract must be given (i) in writing and (ii) personally delivered, mailed, or transmitted by electronic mail to the Party to whom such notice or communication is directed.

Notices will be deemed received when hand delivered, delivered by agent, seven (7) days after being placed in the post, postage prepaid, or three (3) days after transmission by electronic mail, addressed as follows:


Change of Address: Either Party may, from time to time, change its address by providing written notice to the other Party in the aforementioned manner.
Governing Law: This Contract shall be governed, construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the .
Non-Discrimination: The Parties shall not discriminate against any Employee or participant in the performance of the duties, responsibilities, and obligations under this Contract because of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin.
Entire Agreement: This document constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between the Parties, and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, whether oral or written, with respect to the subject matter of this Contract.
Severability: This Contract will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. If for any reason any term or provision of this Contract is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect any other term or provision of it. However, the Parties shall cease performing such invalid or unenforceable provision and negotiate in good faith to replace such invalid or unenforceable provision with a valid, legal and enforceable one consistent with its original purpose.
Amendment: This Contract may be amended or modified as needed. However, any modification, variation, or amendment of it shall only be valid if made in writing and duly signed by the Parties obligated under the amendment.
Waiver Of Contractual Right: The waiver by either Party of a breach, default, delay, or omission of any of the provisions of this Contract by the other Party will not be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or other provisions.
IN WITNESS AND AGREEMENT WHEREOF, _________, on behalf of _________ has executed this Contract with the consent of _________, given here in writing. This Contract is effective as of the date _________ above written.

By: ___________________________________       Date: __________________

By: ___________________________________       Date: __________________
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