Fire and Re-hire - the controversy and the law

A number of high profile companies, including British Airways and Centrica, have recently attempted to push through changes to employees’ contracts through so-called “fire and re-hire” exercises, technically known as dismissal and reengagement. The trade unions involved have strongly resisted this approach, successfully so in the case of British Airways, with UNITE claiming a significant victory.

As you might expect, Keir Starmer has given his backing to the unions in these cases. More surprisingly, however, he has gone further than this and publically declared a commitment to introduce legislation abolishing the practice of fire and re-hire altogether. Given that this practice has been in place for many years and is widely used by employers, this would represent a very significant change to the law.

So why is fire and re-hire controversial, and what do employers need to consider if planning to go down this route? This and other related issues are discussed in our webinar.


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