Continuity of Employment (also called Continuity of Service) usually means working for the same employer without a break or with short breaks that do not interrupt this continuity. There are special rules on continuity of employment for those working in the public sector.

Many employment rights do not apply until the employee has reached a certain minimum period of continuous service. The length of employment is also used to calculate the amount of certain statutory awards, such as a redundancy payment.

This topic examines the rules surrounding the acquisition and loss of this continuity of service. It also sets out how to calculate a period of continuous employment.

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