Temporary employment is limited to 11 consecutive months unless an approved exception exists (N.C.G.S. 126-6.3(a1) and (a3)(2),(3)). A temporary employee who is a full-time student, a retired employee, an inmate on a work-release program, an intern, or an extern is exempt from this requirement.

Per N.C.G.S. 126-6.3(a3)(3), the Director of the OSHR may create additional exceptions to this requirement only when the following conditions are met*:

  1. The exception is in the best interests of the State because removing the employee from the job assignment will cause severe harm to the agency's ability to provide vital services to the public, and
  2. The exception will not result in extending the 11-month maximum length of temporary employment beyond months from the employee's initial hire date.

Agencies requesting an exception from the 11-month requirement must submit the form below, attaching on agency letterhead the Agency HR Director's authorization to request the exception. Exception requests should be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the temporary employee's 11-month limit. Exception requests submitted after the temporary employee's 11-month limit has been reached will not be considered. Exception requests may be submitted for temporaries employed through Temporary Solutions, hired directly by a State agency, paid through a third-party staffing service, or hired through any other method used to fill a workforce need for a limited period of time.

*All exceptions shall be in the sole discretion of the Director of the OSHR except that the North Carolina National Guard is granted preferred status for exceptions which shall not be denied by the Director. All exceptions shall include a justification of why the exception is necessary. An exception is invalid unless it is submitted in writing and on file in the Temporary Solutions Program Office. N.C.G.S. 126-6.3(a3)

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Click here to access the Request Exception from the 11-Month Form.