This paper was produced by Acas officials and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Acas Council.
Over the course of 2020, public attention increased on the use of ‘fire-and-rehire’ practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. These practices include where employers dismiss then re-employ workers on changed terms and conditions, or where the prospect of doing so is put to workers during negotiations about changing their terms and conditions.
The pandemic has required many employers to take a radical look at their business operating models. Reports have suggested that some employers have used fire-and-rehire practices in these circumstances.