Fixed-term employees: Policy of termination after 51 weeks' service not unlawful
This report relates to 1 case(s)
Department for Work and Pensions v Webley  IRLR 288 CA (0 other reports)
In Department for Work and Pensions v Webley, the Court of Appeal holds:
- An employer's recruitment practice of refusing to renew fixed-term employment contracts, simply because 51 weeks of service had elapsed ("the 51-week rule"), was not an unlawful abuse of the Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002.
- The essence of a fixed-term contract is that it comes to an end on the expiry of a fixed term. The employer was not obliged to extend/renew the fixed-term contract or to convert it into an indefinite contract.