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Fixed-term contracts

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  • Date:
    27 November 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Pregnancy offers no bar to fixed term contracts

    A known state of pregnancy does not protect employers from discrimination liability - even if witheld at interview

  • Date:
    15 July 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    Fixed-term contracts: Redundancy waiver in fixed-term contract which succeeded open-ended contract was effective

    An employee's waiver of his right to a redundancy payment on the expiry of a two-year fixed-term contract he entered into immediately following a long period of open-ended employment with the same employer was effective in depriving him of entitlement to such a payment, notwithstanding the rights he had accrued under his original, ordinary contract, holds the EAT in Kingston upon Hull City Council v Mountain.

  • Date:
    1 May 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    Fixed-term contracts: Waiver not invalidated by "extension" of fixed-term contract

    A fixed-term contract for a duration of one year or more may be extended or renewed beyond its original expiry date by a shorter period without creating a new contract of employment, holds the Court of Appeal in British Broadcasting Corporation v Kelly-Phillips.

  • Date:
    1 November 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    Fixed-term contracts: Limited "extension" of fixed term did not invalidate waiver

    A contract of employment for a fixed term may be "extended" or "renewed" as to its term or duration leaving that same contract in place, holds the EAT in Bhatt v Chelsea & Westminster Health Care Trust and another.

  • Date:
    1 October 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

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

    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.

  • Date:
    15 May 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    Fixed-term contracts: Redundancy waiver in short contract was valid

    If an employee enters into a fixed-term contract for two years or more with a written waiver agreement attached, and that term is renewed for a further fixed period of any duration whatever, then, provided he or she enters into a fresh waiver agreement during the currency of the extended term, his or her right to claim a redundancy payment is validly excluded, holds the EAT Housing Services Agency v Cragg.

  • Date:
    1 July 1994
    Type:
    Law reports

    Pregnancy seen as temporary incapacity

    In Habermann-Beltermann v Arbeiterwohlfahrt, Bezirksverband Ndb/Opf eV (5 May 1994) EOR56B, the European Court of Justice holds that termination of a contract without a fixed term on account of a woman's pregnancy cannot be justified on the ground that a statutory prohibition, imposed because of pregnancy, temporarily prevents the employee from performing night work.

  • Date:
    8 March 1983
    Type:
    Law reports

    Continuity of employment: Interval between fixed-term contracts

    One of the grounds on which an interval between two contracts of employment does not break continuity is that the employee is absent from work due to a temporary cessation of work. In a decision that will benefit many teachers and temporary workers, the House of Lords holds in Ford v Warwickshire County Council that it is not relevant that the interval was anticipated and lies between two fixed term contracts. The test in all cases is whether the gap is short In relation to the duration of the two contracts.