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HMRC internal manual

Statutory Payments Manual

Continuous employment: re-instatement after service in the Armed Forces

The Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985 obliges an employer to re-instate any person who has been serving in the Armed Forces if that person is entitled to apply for re-instatement under that Act. The employer is obliged to reinstate if the person applies for re-instatement within 6 months of the end of his service in the armed forces.

However, the period of service in the Armed Forces is not included in the 26 continuous employment.