Temporary employment is not clearly defined in the North Dakota Century Code. However, the following conditions generally characterize temporary employment with the state:
- Temporary employees do not occupy regularly-funded, classified positions.
- Temporary employees perform work that usually is limited in duration; hours may vary considerably.
- Temporary employees who work at least 20 hours per week for 20 or more weeks per year and are at least 18 years of age may purchase life and health insurance at their own expense. The agency may choose to pay the health premium subject to budget authority.
- Temporary employees do not earn annual or sick leave benefits. However, if they become regular status employees and there was no break in service beyond one year, they are given credit for their temporary service for the purpose of determining the annual leave accrual rate.
- Temporary employment is at will, not requiring cause for dismissal.
The appointing authority should advise a new temporary employee of the anticipated length of employment.