What happens if I'm absent?

Statutory family leave

During paid family leave, your contributions will continue to be payable on the pay you actually receive.In the case of paid maternity leave, paid paternity leave and any period of paid adoption leave, your benefits will be calculated as if you had worked normally and received your normal pay for doing so.

Additional unpaid family leave

During additional unpaid family leave the Company may agree to treat you as still in service for some or all purposes of the Plan.If this is agreed, the Company will also agree the terms to apply to your contributions (if any) and benefits for the period.

If you are not treated as still in service during any period of unpaid leave or do not return at the end of your family leave, you will be treated as having left service at the time you stopped contributing.

Temporary absences

If you are away from work you will normally be treated as having left service if you stop receiving contractual pay.  The Company may however, agree to treat you as still in service for so long as they see fit if you are away from work or on secondment.