Fixed rate Redundancy and unfair dismissal

For the right to claim a redundancy payment, an employee needs to have had two years of continuous uninterrupted service with the same employer.

After the statutory term of one year, employees engaged by the same employer on a series of continuous fixed-term contracts have the right to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal if their contracts are not renewed.

Where employees who were taken on temporarily to cover for colleagues who are absent (e.g. for sickness or maternity reasons) are later dismissed when the colleague returns, their dismissal may be considered fair. However, this is not automatically so, as an employment tribunal would still need to be satisfied that the employer acted 'reasonably'.