This article was written by Lee Crisp, an Associate  at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

Fixed term contracts are favoured by employers in the sports industry. As professional sport is heavily performance driven, fixed term contracts give employers a measure of flexibility in contracting with employees.  While fixed-term contracts have benefits, both employees and employers

The legal context

Under French employment law, employers are entitled to provide for a trial period in the employment contract during which they are allowed to terminate the contract without being required to follow a dismissal procedure or to justify the termination on real and serious grounds. Such trial period cannot exceed a certain duration