Fixed term contracts –a great way to reduce costs or just a big headache?

jennifer-meliaBy Jennifer Melia from First Practice Management

Fixed term contracts can be a really useful tool for you as the employer in terms  to ensure work is covered in the short-term, whilst you work out whether you need a permanent post.  You can cover a period of sickness, or a maternity leave, career break or sabbatical etc.  It can give you a great deal of flexibility for the working arrangements within your practice.

Since the introduction of the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002, fixed term contract employees have the right to no less favourable treatment than that of a permanent employee. The requirement for you is that you treat your employees the same.

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