Fixed-Term Contracts

Fixed-Term Workers – Do’s and Don’ts

Engaging employees on fixed-term contracts has many benefits, but you also need to think through the downsides or issues too.   Benefits of fixed-term contracts The benefits include: the additional flexibility to add new expertise or knowledge to your existing workforce for a period of time without having to make them permanent, the flexibility to…


Dismissal Deemed Unfair due to Non-Renewal of Fixed-Term Contract

Background to Complaint The Claimant (the employee) was hired as a homecare nursing advisor and was recruited through a nursing agency in 2002. The contract ran for one year and was renewed in October 2003 and also in October 2005.   The Claimant sent an email to the Respondent Company complaining that she had not…


Fixed-Term Contracts – Pros and Cons

Advantages of Fixed-Term Contracts There are some situations in which employers may find it desirable to enter into fixed term or specific purpose contracts with their employees.   The main advantage of fixed term or specific purpose contracts is that they allow for the termination of the contract once the fixed term or the specific…


Redundancy Terms for Fixed-Term Workers May Not Be Less Favourable Than For Permanent Workers

Background to Complaint The complainants in this case were engaged on a series of fixed-term contracts with the College. In September 2003, it was announced that the college was to close down and the closure took place eventually in August 2007, at which point the complainants had six and seven years service respectively.   They…


Procedures for Handling the Expiry of Fixed-Term Contracts

In law, when a fixed-term contract expires and is not renewed, or is renewed as a further fixed-term contract, the employer must inform the employee in writing, on or before the date of renewal, of the objective reasons justifying the renewal and the reason that a permanent contract or contract of indefinite duration is not…


Fixed-Term Contracts – A Brief Overview

Fixed term contracts of employment are useful for employers where the nature of the work is for a fixed period, where the employer is uncertain about the role in the longer-term and to address staffing needs in situations such as maternity cover, etc. Fixed term contracts are governed by Protection of Employees (Fixed Term Work)…


Non-Renewal of Fixed-Term Contract Deemed to be an Unfair Dismissal

The Claimant was hired as a homecare nursing advisor and was recruited through a nursing agency in 2002. The contract ran for one year and was renewed in October 2003 and also in October 2005.   The Claimant sent an email to the Respondent Company complaining that she had not received enough support when she…


Fixed-Term Employee Wins Constructive Dismissal Claim

Background to the Complaint The employee was hired under a fixed term contract as a bus driver with other general operative duties.   The employee complained to the Manager that one of the other drivers would not speak to him and only laughed at him. The employee also notified the Manager that the other driver…


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