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Spring 2022 – Employment law update for employers

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights, such as neo-natal leave and a duty to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Fixed term contracts and permanent employee status

Many industries make use of training schemes to assist in gaining affordable employees; however at what point does the trainee gain employee status? The Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 (‘the Regulations’) set out that anyone employed under a succession of fixed-term contracts will become a permanent employee after four years “unless employment on a fixed term contract is objectively justified”.

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