Dearbhail McKee Maloney v Children’s Health Ireland [2024]

  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Fixed-term workers – Contract of employment – Objective justification


The Complainant was hired as a HR Business Partner for the Respondent on a fixed-term contract staring on 13 September 2021, with an initial end date of 12 September 2022. The Respondent claimed the fixed-term nature of the role was due to maternity leave cover. On 5 September 2022 the Respondent informed the Complainant by email that funding had been secured by the Respondent to extend the Complainant’s contract until 31 December 2022.

The Complainant argued that because the Respondent did not issue the Complainant with an updated contract of employment for this extension which provided an objective justification for the further fixed term provided, the extension created a

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This article is correct at 07/03/2024

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