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.