Fixed-term work: Recent developments in the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Anne van der Mei*

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This contribution provides an analytical overview of recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the framework agreement on fixed-term work (FTW agreement). The cases discussed virtually all concerned fixed-term work in the public sector and, in essence, raise the delicate question of whether the non-discrimination rule and the rules on fighting abuse of successive fixed-term employment relationships, demand from Member States to sacrifice classic notions of public service employment. The case law reveals that the Court leaves the Member States considerable discretion in hiring fixed-term workers instead of permanent workers or civil servants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-89
Number of pages24
JournalEuropean Labour Law Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Fixed-term work
  • equal treatment
  • abuse of fixed-term contracts
  • leave early dismissal

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