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Fixed-term contracts: Waiver invalid because last contract was too short

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    British Broadcasting Corporation v Kelly-Phillips [1997] IRLR 571 EAT (0 other reports)

A purported unfair dismissal waiver was invalid because the last in a series of fixed-term contracts under which an employee worked was for less than one year's duration, holds the EAT in British Broadcasting Corporation v Kelly-Phillips [1997] IRLR 513. The fact that, its beginning- and end-dates apart, the contract was identical to the one that had preceded it - and that it might be described colloquially as an "extension" or "renewal" of that previous contract - did nothing to deny it the character of a "freshly-minted" contract for just under four months' employment.