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Find a definition of continuous service, and whether it applies to a staff member who's moving between a maintained school and academy.
What is continuous service?
It's when an employee has worked for one employer without a break, calculated from the first day of work.
Although, the following breaks in employment still count towards continuous service:
- Sickness leave
- Maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave
- Annual leave
- When an employee moves between 'associated employers' (see the section below to find out who counts as an 'associated employer')
- When a business is transferred from one employer to another (such as if a maintained school converts to an academy)
Days when employees are on strike don't count towards continuous service, but this isn't treated as a break. For example, if an employee works for 20 days, but for 5 of these days the employee is on strike - this only counts as 15 days’ continuous service.
The length of continuous service is significant as it gives certain rights to employees, including:
- Maternity pay
- Flexible working requests
- Redundancy pay
This information comes from GOV.UK.
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