Can an employer require a fixed-term employee to sign a redundancy waiver?

No, a fixed-term employee cannot waive his or her right to a statutory redundancy payment on termination of the contract. Where a fixed-term contract is not renewed at its expiry, the employee will be entitled to a redundancy payment if he or she has at least two years' continuous service and the reason for the non-renewal is redundancy.

Prior to 1 October 2002, under s.197 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (now repealed), an employee working on a contract lasting or expected to last for two or more years was able to waive his or her right to a statutory redundancy payment on termination of the contract.