Why important?

If the employment meets the criteria of continuous contract of employment (418), in addition to basic benefits and employees' right, employee can also enjoy additional statutory right such as paid annual leave. We should examine whether the employment meets the criteria of continuous contract (418) and ensure their rights are appropriately entertained.

What is the criteria of "continuous contract"?

If your employee has worked for four weeks or more, and at least 18 hours each week (the source of "418"), then the employment contract will be treated as continuous contract.

Example 1
Bob regularly worked two days a week for a total of 16 hours. Because it is less than the 18 hours required, the employment does not meet the definition of continuous contract of employment.

Example 2
Ming regularly worked five days a week for a total of 20 hours. Because it exceeds 18 hours, the employment meets the definition of continuous contract of employment.

What are the additional rights entitled by employees under continuous contract?

For employees under continuous contract, we need to satisfy the following employees' rights:

Reference

Q&A on Employement Contract by Labour Department:
http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/faq/cap57b_whole.htm#Q2

Leaflet related to partime job issued by Labour Department:
http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/public/wcp/parttime.pdf