Updated to include information on Private Medicine Intermediaries Ltd v Hodkinson and others, in which the EAT upheld the finding of constructive dismissal in circumstances where the employer had raised performance concerns with an employee on sick leave.
In a case about the pre-6 April 2013 legal position, the Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Session decision that dismissals that resulted from the expiry of fixed-term contracts did not count towards the threshold for triggering collective redundancy consultation obligations.
The Court of Session has held that a dismissal that results from the expiry of a fixed-term contract does not automatically count towards the threshold for triggering collective redundancy consultation obligations.
The employment tribunal in this case concluded that it was open to an NHS trust to decide not to renew a consultant anaesthetist's fixed-term contract because it had recruited a number of permanent anaesthetists to take on the work.
The employment tribunal in this case concluded that it was not unfair for a university to decide against renewing an associate tutor's fixed-term contract because the work that he had been doing was taken over by permanent staff.
A model policy on fixed-term working, which covers your organisation's rules on the employment of fixed-term employees. The policy describes the situations in which a fixed-term worker might be recruited. These are: when a job will come to an end on a specific date; the worker is needed to complete a particular task; and the worker is covering for an absent employee (for example one on maternity leave). The policy also sets out fixed-term workers' employment rights.
A model letter dismissing an employee working under a fixed-term contract on the ground that the term of the contract is about to expire.
A model contract clause stating that a contract is for a fixed duration.
A model contract clause stating that a fixed-term contract is for a particular task.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the expiry of limited-term contracts.