Continuity of service (or continuous service) is calculated from the date that the employee starts work with the organisation.
- The date of continuity of service must be included in the employee's statement of employment particulars.
- Many statutory rights are dependent on accruing a certain period of continuous service.
- If the employer is unable to offer work to the employee because none is available, continuity of service may be preserved during the period of inactivity.
- Continuity of service is preserved during all types of family friendly leave, annual leave and sickness absence.
- If there is a transfer of undertaking (TUPE), then the continuity of service of the transferred employees is preserved.
- It is essential that employers are clear what happens to continuity of service during career breaks and sabbaticals.
- In the case of casual workers, who are employed only when required, there is likely to be no continuity of employment between periods of employment.
- Any days on which the employee is involved in strike action neither count toward nor break a period of continuous service.
- During any lock out, continuity of service is not broken but it does not count towards the calculation of continuous service.