Updated to include information on López v Servicio Madrileño de Salud (Comunidad de Madrid), an ECJ decision relating to justification for successive renewals of a fixed-term contract.
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.
David Malamatenios is a partner and Krishna Santra and Colin Makin are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
Practical guidance on employing an individual on a fixed-term contract, including the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002; recruiting temporary workers; break clauses; successive fixed-term contracts; and expiry of the fixed-term contract.
Additional information on the law on temporary workers for local authority employers, including Green Book provisions. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on temporary workers.
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.
Definition from the XpertHR glossary.
In Kücük v Land Nordrhein-Westfalen  IRLR 697 ECJ, the ECJ held that an employer's use of 13 successive fixed-term contracts over a period of 11 years was not inherently in breach of the Fixed-term Workers Directive, but that the issue of objective justification had to be assessed by the national court on the particular facts of the case.
A model letter on renewal of fixed-term employment.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to fixed-term employees.