Reader Question: Is there a limit on how long an employee can be hired in a temporary position?
– Sr. Office Administrator, Insurance Services Company
In short, it depends. If the temporary resource is secured through an agency AND the agency employs the person (vs. retaining them as an Independent Contractor) then the assignment can go as long as desired. If the employer engages the person directly as a temporary worker, then issues can arise from Day 1 depending on the role the individual plays, although usually you have anywhere from 30-90 days to convert the hire to a regular employee, or release the person.
Check with your HR professional in any case.