Employees with Fixed Term contracts also now have the legal right to be treated as favourably as ‘comparable’ permanent employees, i.e. they are entitled to the same terms and conditions of employment (e.g. perks, holiday entitlements, bonus schemes, training, in redundancy situations, in promotion situations, pension schemes).

This does not apply to Workers (e.g. casual staff, agency temps). This also does not apply to Apprentices – see our Guide to Apprentices here.

Employers can justify giving those on Fixed Term contracts less favourable treatment than permanent employees for certain, genuine business reasons.

N.B.: A ‘comparable’ permanent employee is someone who works for the same employer, doing the same or a similar job.

The Direct Gov website gives useful advice about Fixed Term contracts – http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Understandingyourworkstatus/Fixedtermworkers/index.htm

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