Continuity of employment

Clio SpringerEditor's message: An employee's continuity of service determines the employment rights to which he or she is entitled. While some rights do not require the employee to have worked for his or her employer for any particular length of time, other rights, particularly key employment protection rights such as the right to statutory redundancy pay and the right to claim "ordinary" unfair dismissal, depend on the employee having worked for the employer for a determined period.

Employers need to establish their employees' continuous service so that they can understand what their legal obligations are in relation to those employees. However, this is not always straightforward.

You can find out how to calculate your employees' continuous service and see the different qualifying periods for statutory employment rights in Employment law manual > Continuous employment > Determining continuous employment.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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