Is a job description required to list if the job is temporary?

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Is a job description required to list if the job is temporary?

I received a termination letter with the reason being my position was
temporary contingent upon a faculty member returning from sabbatical. The
job description and acceptance letter did not state that the position was
temporary. I just need to know if a job description is required to list if the job
is temporary.

Asked on December 4, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no obligation for a job description to state that a job is temporary. More generally, given that unless you had a written contract guarantying your employment for some length of time (e.g. a one-year contract), all employment is "temporary" in that it may be ended at any time, for any reason, without notice. (When there is no contract, all employment is employment at will.) Employers do not have to specify job duration since they are free to end it whenever they like.


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