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Continuous employment is when an employee has worked for one employer without a break.
The length of continuous employment gives certain rights to employees, including:
Continuous employment is calculated from the first day of work.
Some breaks in normal employment still count towards a continuous employment period. These are:
Days when employees are on strike do not count towards continuous employment, but this is not treated as a break.
An employee works for 20 days, but for 5 of these days the employee is on strike - this only counts as 15 days’ continuous employment.
Contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) if you have any questions about continuous employment.
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