If you hire an employee on a 2+ year fixed term contact, are they entitled to redundancy if/when they are dismissed at the end of the contract? Is there any way to avoid this if an entitlement exists?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 November 2015
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

The non-renewal of a fixed-term contract will be potentially fair by reason of redundancy. The usual "band of reasonable responses" test will apply to whether it was fair to dismiss for that reason, and the usual rules regarding adherence to a fair redundancy procedure must be followed. Employers should note that, if redundancy is to be relied on, they should consider pooling, suitable alternative employment for the employee, and will have to make a redundancy payment if the employee has two years' service or more. 

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Arthur Cox

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