In University of Stirling v University and College Union  IRLR 266 EAT, the EAT held that dismissals because of the expiry of fixed-term contracts were for a reason related to the employees concerned. Accordingly, they were not redundancy dismissals within the meaning of s.195 of TULR(C)A, and did not trigger the statutory duty on the employer to consult in respect of collective redundancies.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that, where a dismissal is because of the normal expiry of a fixed-term contract, the dismissal does not count for the purposes of collective redundancy consultation, because one of the reasons for dismissal will be "related to the individual concerned".
In Lancaster University v University and College Union  IRLR 4 EAT, the EAT held that the university failed to comply with its statutory obligations to consult collectively on the expiry of fixed-term contracts. The tribunal was also entitled to make a protective award of 60 days' pay.
Practical guidance on dealing with employees on fixed-term contracts who are pregnant or on maternity leave, including the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002; avoiding discrimination; expiry and non-renewal of the contract; and redundancy as a reason for dismissal.
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