Does a period of unpaid leave create a break in an employee's continuity of service?

Does a period of unpaid leave create a break in an employee’s continuity of service?

It is common during unpaid leave that is pre-arranged, for the employee to remain under a contract of employment and so continuity of service will not normally be broken. In addition, even if there is no contract of employment covering the period, the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides that continuity of employment can be maintained…