What Is a Fixed-Term Contract?

A fixed-term contract refers to an employment contract between an employee and an employer for a fixed and temporary period.

When to Use a Fixed-Term Contract?

A fixed-term contract can only be used to carry out a specific, temporary task, as in the following situations:

  • To replace an absent employee for any reason (except in the event of a strike)
  • Pending the appointment of a new employee
  • Pending the permanent elimination of a position
  • For seasonal employment
  • For specific contracts such as senior fixed-term employment contract, with a defined purpose

What Are the Differences Between a Fixed-Term Contract and an Open Contract?

An open employment contract is of unlimited duration, whereas a fixed-term employment contract is temporary and limited in time.

How to Break a Fixed-Term Contract?

A fixed-term contract can only be ended early in certain cases, such as:

  • The employee has been hired under an open contract
  • The employer and the employee reach an agreement
  • A case of force majeure occurs
  • The employee is found to be unfit for work by an occupational physician
  • Serious misconduct on the part of either the employer or the employee

How Many Times Can a Fixed-Term Contract Be Renewed?

A fixed-term employment contract is renewable only under certain conditions, and no more than twice within the same company.

Start scheduling
in minutes.

Up to 21 days of free trial. Easy setup. Cancel anytime.