Fixed-term contracts can be used for employees to work for a specified length of time or to work on a set project. These arrangements can give employers both certainty and flexibility. A fixed-term contract will usually expire automatically, at the end of the term or project, without the need for notice (although some fixed-term contracts also provide for early termination on notice before the expiry of the fixed term). Fixed-term arrangements are particularly useful for absence cover, to meet increased short-term business demands or for the completion of a specific project.

This guide, produced in collaboration with law firm Lewis Silkin, is designed to help employers manage fixed-term contracts and understand the legal issues surrounding them. It provides an overview of the difficult issues which can arise from this type of contract as well as insight into relevant case law.

The guide also includes information and key points for those on fixed-term contracts to help them understand their employment status and rights.

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