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A. Introduction to fixed-term employees

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A. Introduction to fixed-term employees

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3.     Fixed-term employees

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IAN SMITH MA, LLB

of Gray's Inn, Barrister; Emeritus Professor of Employment Law at the University of East Anglia

A.     Introduction to fixed-term employees

An employee engaged on a fixed-term contract of employment is entitled to be treated no less favourably than a comparable permanent employee. Such an employee who is kept on a succession of fixed-term contracts will normally become a permanent employee after four years unless his employer can demonstrate a sound objective reason for prolonging the use of fixed-term contracts. The UK legislation owes its origin to the Fixed-Term Work Directive

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