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How is a fixed-term employee defined?
Are employees employed on a contract lasting less than three months still denied certain rights?
Can an employee be employed indefinitely on fixed-term contracts?
At what point does an employee who has been employed on a series of successive fixed-term contracts become a permanent employee?
Can an employer treat fixed-term employees less favourably than it treats permanent employees?
In ensuring no less favourable treatment between fixed-term and comparable permanent employees can an employer balance a less favourable condition against a more favourable one?
If a fixed-term position becomes permanent, should the current post-holder be offered the permanent position, or should the position be advertised first?
Can an employer require a fixed-term employee to sign a redundancy waiver?
If a redundant employee accepts alternative work for a fixed term, what are his or her rights when that fixed term comes to an end?
If a fixed-term contract is terminated by the employer before
the agreed expiry date, the employee can claim for breach of contract, or for
unfair dismissal and/or redundancy pay if he or she has sufficient continuity
of service. On expiry of a fixed-term contract, there can be no breach of
contract claim, but there can be unfair dismissal and redundancy claims.
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