Policy This policy applies only to workers employed for a defined period. It does not include casual workers or agency workers.
This policy does not form part of any contract of employment and may be amended at any time.
Procedure Compassionate Care Team Ltd believes that fixed-term workers can make a valuable contribution to the smooth running of the business by providing flexibility where needed.
Fixed-term workers may be engaged: • To work on a specific task • To cover sickness and/or holiday absence • To cover maternity leave • To provide additional support in the event of higher than normal workloads; and/or • To prevent or eliminate excessive backlogs of work
Prior to engaging a fixed-term worker, the management team will assess the need for such a worker and ensure that it is a genuine need and can be justified. Management will also identify the required period and potential cost.
Fixed-term workers will be subject to the same recruitment process as a permanent worker or employee, including, if necessary, a DBS check.
All fixed-term workers, regardless of their expected period of employment, must be given the following information in writing on their appointment: • That their employment is temporary and why • How long it is expected to last • If their employment is covering a permanent worker’s maternity absence, that this is the case, and that the temporary employment will terminate on that worker’s return to work • Whether there is any possibility of the employment becoming permanent, although absolutely no guarantees must be given nor promises made; and • The terms and conditions governing the employment Fixed-term workers have a right to be informed of available vacancies and will be notified of any vacancies. Those fixed-term workers wishing to apply for permanent jobs within the Company will be treated as internal applicants.