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Continuity of employment: No aggregation of hours permissible

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    Lewis v Surrey County Council [1987] IRLR 509 HL (0 other reports)

In Lewis v Surrey County Council 15.10.87 House of Lords, the House of Lords rules that where an employee is employed under separate but concurrent part-time contracts, she is not entitled to aggregate the number of weekly hours worked under each contract in order to establish that a week "counts" towards a period of employment for the purposes of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978. Therefore, if each separate contract normally involves employment for less than eight hours, the employee cannot show a period of continuous employment and so Is not eligible to claim a remedy for unfair dismissal or a statutory redundancy payment.