Absences

Absence from work

There may be times when you are not at work or are unable to work.

Sick leave

If you are off work due to sickness or injury and your contractual pay is reduced or you don’t receive any pay then the pensionable pay figure used to work out your pension for this period is your assumed pensionable pay. Using your assumed pensionable pay, rather than the amount of pensionable pay you actually receive when on sick leave, means that you will continue to build up a pension in the section of the LGPS you are in, as if you were working normally and receiving pay.

Maternity or adoption leave

During any period of relevant child related leave the pensionable pay figure used to work out your pension is your assumed pensionable pay. Using your assumed pensionable pay, rather than the amount of pensionable pay you actually receive when on relevant child related leave, means that you will continue to build up a pension in the section of the LGPS you are in, as if you were working normally and receiving pay.

You will continue to pay your basic LGPS contributions on any pay that you receive while you are off on relevant child related leave.

However, any period of unpaid additional maternity, paternity or adoption leave will not count for pension purposes unless you elect to pay additional pension contributions (APCs) to purchase the amount of pension lost during that period of unpaid absence.

See the online calculator and application forms.

Paternity leave

Statutory Paternity Leave of two weeks is granted for the purposes of caring for a child or for the child’s mother. If you are granted additional paternity leave you will continue to pay pension contributions on any pay you receive during this period.

However, any period of unpaid additional maternity, paternity or adoption leave will not count for pension purposes unless you elect to pay additional pension contributions (APCs).

See the online calculator and application forms.

Parental leave

You can, with your employer’s agreement, take unpaid parental leave.  If you want this period to count as a period of membership in the LGPS you will have to pay additional pension contributions (APCs) as for authorised leave above.

See the online calculator and application forms.

Industrial dispute – strike break

If you are absent for a day or more due to a trade dispute the period will not count for pension purposes unless you elect to pay additional pension contributions (APCs) to purchase the amount of pension lost during that period of absence.

See the online calculator and application forms

Reserve forces leave

If you are on reserve forces service leave and elect to remain in the LGPS your pension in the scheme will be worked out using your assumed pensionable pay. Using your assumed pensionable pay ensures that you will continue to build up pension as if you were in work rather than on reserve forces service leave. Any pay you do receive from your employer will not have pension contributions deducted from it.

If you go on reserve forces service leave and elect to stay in the LGPS your employer needs to tell you the amount of basic pension contributions you and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) must pay, the amount of any additional contributions you are paying in the LGPS, and the amount of assumed pensionable pay those contributions must be collected on. You will need to pass this information on to the MoD. Your employee contributions (and any additional contributions you are paying in the LGPS) will be deducted by the MoD and paid to across to Staffordshire Pension Fund. 

How to pay APCs for unpaid absence

An online calculator is now available on the National LGPS 2014 website to show how much it will cost for you to make up the 'lost' pension. 

To use the calculator you will need information about your 'lost' pay during your absence. You may need to ask your employer for this information. You should complete the quotation and print off the details. If you wish to proceed with paying APCs to increase your pension, you should complete page 1 of Staffordshire Pension Fund's application form:

If you choose to pay APCs over an extended period of time (more than 12 months), you are required to provide a medical report at your own expense to Staffordshire Pension Fund before your APC contract can start. You should download, print and complete page 1 of the form below and then arrange for your GP to complete page 2.

Once you have completed the application form and, if required, medical clearance form, you should forward the forms and a copy of your quotation from the APC calculator to your employer's payroll provider. They will check the amounts and then forward the information to Staffordshire Pension Fund once this is done.