Fixed Term Contracts of Employment
A fixed term contract is defined as one which will
- On the expiry of a particular term
- On the completion of a particular task
- On the occurrence of any other specific event other than the
attainment by the employee of any normal and bona fide retiring age
in the establishment for an employee holding that position.
Protection from less favourable treatment
The Fixed term Employees (prevention of less favourable
Treatment) regulations 2002 were implemented by the Employment Act
These regulations only apply to employees and a comparable
employee is defined as a permanent employee who at the time when
the alleged less favourable treatment takes place is employed by
the same employer and engaged in the same or broadly similar work
having regard to experience and qualifications.
A fixed term employee has a right not to be treated less
favourably in respect of things like receiving training, and having
the opportunity to secure any permanent position in the
Most importantly, the regulations have the effect of converting
a fixed term contract into a permanent one in some circumstances,
- The employee has been continuously employed on a series of two
or more fixed term contracts for a period of four years, with all
the years of employment taking place after 10/7/2002.
If you are working under a fixed term contract, and think you
are being treated less favourably than a permanent employee working
for the same organisation, you may wish to seek legal advice.
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