LRD Booklets October 2002

Temporary workers - a guide to the new law

Introduction (743 words)

More than one and a half million people are currently working in temporary, or fixed-term, jobs on contracts that only last for a fixed ...

1. Fixed-term workers today (1502 words)

Most people refer to workers who are not permanently employed in their workplace as temporary workers or temps. The law, however, calls those directly ...

2. Background to the new law (1728 words)

Since the early 1990s there had been attempts to introduce legislation at European level to give better employment rights to fixed-term contract workers. However, ...

3. Who is covered? (6072 words)

The European Union (EU) directive says that fixed-term contracts are those "where the end of the employment contract or relationship is determined by objective ...

4. Rights to terms and conditions (3225 words)

The Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 cover all contractual and non-contractual terms and conditions. This means that all employment terms ...

5. Enforcing employment rights (814 words)

As with all other statutory employment rights, fixed-term employees need to have a means of enforcing the rights they have been given. Fixed-term contract ...