How many successive fixed-term contracts can be used post-retirement?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11 January 2019
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
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This question is on on retirement and fixed-term contracts:

How many successive fixed-term contracts can be used post-retirement and is there a guideline as to how long these can be? For example, how do you sensitively gauge how long someone is able to continue work? 

I think this question, Seamus, came from one of our listeners in the Republic of Ireland, where it's fairly common—and indeed, there's legislation—on using fixed-term contracts to extend retirement where retirement age has been brought into the employment.

They still have to be justified. If it were to be used even in Northern Ireland, if you're looking to say, "Look, we're going to have some employees that are going to

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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