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502: Temporary Pay

Payroll Policy and Procedure Manual
Section 500: Payment of Classified and Temporary Employees
Effective: 01/01/2001
Revised: 12/27/2011

  • 502 Temporary Pay
  • 502-01 Payment Process
  • 502-02 Job and Labor Distribution Forms
  • 502-03 Pay Method is Always Hourly
  • 502-04 Social Security Exemption
  • 502-05 Accounting for Labor Charges



Temporary Employee

A person hired through a temporary appointment to meet emergency, nonrecurring or short-term workload needs for a period of not more than 1040 hours.


Background Information

Classified Appointment Information Matrix
Category Salaried Hourly Summer Position Temporary
Suffix 00 00 33 00
Account Code 10301 10301 10301 10410
Job E-Class CA CB CB CE See  primary position TS
Pay Schedule Monthly Hourly Hourly Hourly
Job Form Classified Classified Classified Temporary



502  Temporary Pay

502-01 Payment Process

  • After logging in on the Oregon State Central Administrative Resources (OSCAR) website, click on "Online Tasks" - "Hiring Employee" - "Temporary Staff" and complete the appropriate online tasks..  
  • Enter monthly timecard data in PYAHOUR Rate must match that on the authorization. 
  • Archive copy of time sheet as specified by Archive Law.  Department copy is the record copy.   See Archives website for retention period.


502-02  Job and Labor Distribution Forms

502-02a  Job Form

  • The Job Form is used to authorize pay for initial appointments, report changes of appointment %, and to report changes in contract length during the fiscal year.
  • To obtain this form, log onto OSCAR, click on "Online Tasks" - "Hire employee" - "Temporary Staff".
  • Job forms should be routed to Business Center HR personnel.

502-02b Labor Distribution Form

  • The Labor Distribution Form is used to report changes to prior, current, or future distributions. Business Center personnel who have had PYAREDS (redistribution) training may enter distribution changes affecting prior months.  Any changes to labor distributions affecting a prior fiscal year must be approved by either the Office of Post Award Administration for grants, all others by the Asst. Director of Business Affairs.
  • To obtain this form, log onto OSCAR, click on "Online Tasks" - "Payroll Changes" scroll to "Miscellaneous" - "Labor Distribution form" (Excel format).  It is also available in the Downloadable forms section.

Initial job forms include a labor distribution field, where the regular distribution percentages must be entered by Business Center personnel as well as any subsequent labor distribution changes subject to the limitations noted above.


502-03 Pay Method is Always Hourly

  • All temporary classified employees are paid based on actual hours worked.  The rate of pay corresponds to the rate shown on the job form.
  • Pay is issued for the period from the 16th of the prior month through the 15th of the current month and is paid to the employee on the regular payday at the end of the month.  The pay is identified as current month pay based on the date the paycheck is issued.
  • Payroll data is entered in PYAHOUR during time entry days each month.  Refer to the Payroll Calendar for specific dates.   
  • Refer to Classified Earn Codes for the correct Earn Codes and Account Codes to use.


502-04  Social Security Exemption

Temporary employees are not eligible for exemption from Medicare and Social Security withholding.


502-05  Accounting for Labor Charges

Labor is charged to specific indexes and account codes.  Use of activity codes is the choice of the department.

502-05a  Index

  • Department index must be an open index owned by the employing department.
  • Department index must remain open through the last day of the month payment is received by the employee.

502-05b  Account Code

Refer to Classified Earn Codes for account code information.

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