Hiring a Temporary Employee

​​​​​​​​Departments are not required to recruit for temporary positions; however a search is encouraged.   Temporary employees are typically hired for 1-3 years depending on the appropriate collective bargaining agreement/handbook. Employment Services will assist the department in determining an hourly rate for temporary employees.

Temporary employees do not qualify for benefits, but may be eligible for retirement contribution if they previously worked at CMU or another university in the MPSERS retirement plan.   Temporary employees are at-will employees with no guarantee of reappointment. In addition to the cost associated with wages and possible retirement contributions, the department will also be responsible for covering the costs associated with social security (7.65%).

In order to hire a temporary employee, the department must complete the electronic transaction process before the employee begins work to ensure that legal guidelines are met for payroll purposes. 

On the new hire's first day of work, he/she must complete the Employment Eligibility Form (I-9), as required by law, and the appropriate temporary paperwork.   This includes the following: