Contract Clauses – Fixed Terms

Posted in : Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 13 March 2017
Kiera Lee
Mills Selig
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It is a requirement of Article 33 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 that any terms of employment confirms the duration of that employment. This is particularly important where any appointment is temporary or for a fixed term. Contracts should set this out clearly to avoid later dispute. A fixed term contract starts on a specific date and ends on a specific date.  Employers may wish to use fixed-term contracts when:

  • short-term funding for the job is not likely to be renewed;
  • cover for specific absences is required e.g. sickness, maternity leave; or
  • there is a particular need for temporary workers e.g. seasonal work.

Any fixed term clause should be carefully

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Kiera Lee
Mills Selig

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