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Sickness and Absence


For employees currently on reduced or no pay sick, does the employer start paying 20% of Assumed Pensionable Pay (APP) on 1 April 2015?

Yes.  In such a scenario it would be the 2009 definition of pay that is used to calculate APP for those months/weeks in the last 12 weeks/3 months that fall before 1 April 2015.


If a member is on unpaid sick leave and the period of the leave straddles 31 March 2015 and 1 April 2015 does the employer have to pay contributions for this member?

The employer does not have to pay contributions for the period up to and including 31 March 2015, however contributions are due for the period from 1 April 2015 onwards.


Does an employer need to write to its employees on career breaks to let them know that they are now active members under the new Scheme?

No.  Once the employer advises NILGOSC of those members on career break at the end of March 2015, NILGOSC will reactivate their membership and write directly to the member.

How will Assumed Pensionable Pay (APP) be calculated when an employee has multiple sickness which span over the assessment period?

In this situation the employer takes the last three complete months’ pensionable pay, if monthly paid, including any APP credited in those three months and multiplies this by four to calculate the annual rate of APP for that member.  In calculating the daily APP from this annual APP the employer should use whatever method is normally used to calculate one day’s pay from an annual rate.  For instance, by dividing the total annual APP by the number of working days in a year, or by dividing by the number of calendar days in a year or whatever method is normally used.  If they are not monthly paid the employer uses the last 12 weeks.

What actions do I need to take when an employee goes on child related leave?

Please see the section on Child Related Leave.