What is a reasonable amount of time between working for one employee to be considered a break of continuous service?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 July 2010
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox
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Any period of continuous service generally commences when an employee’s contract starts, this means the date that the contract states that work has begun. Employment is presumed to be continuous and generally ends when the employment terminates. However certain circumstances may bring about a break in continuity.

Whether continuity is broken will depend on both the reason for the break and its length. A break of a week or more is usually enough to break continuity of employment but this will largely depend on the circumstances and the reason for the break. Any form of paid or unpaid maternity or paternity leave, for example, will not break continuous employment nor generally will an absence

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Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

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