What time period constitutes a break in continuous service?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 August 2019
Arthur Cox
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Continuous employment is a statutory concept set out under Article 7 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 used to describe the length of unbroken time that an employee has worked. In general, a period of continuous employment will start when an individual commences employment and ends when the contract of employment terminates.

Continuous employment is important because employees will only accrue certain rights after a period of one year’s continuous employment e.g. the right to bring a claim for unfair dismissal or statutory redundancy payment.

There is a presumption that employment is continuous unless the employer can show that there has been a period of one week (from

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