Taking unpaid leave
Do I continue to accrue annual leave?
of unpaid leave over 3 months, annual leave will be accrued for the first three
months and then your entitlement on HR Connect will be suspended for the
remaining period and reinstated on your return date. For periods of unpaid
leave of less than 3 months, annual leave will continue to accrue during the
unpaid leave period.
Do I maintain my continuous service?
of employment is maintained during any periods of unpaid leave which means
there is no break in service during your absence from work.
Do I continue to receive Increments &
Cost of Living Increases?
increments due to be paid or cost of living increases will be applied as normal
and your salary will be adjusted accordingly on your return.
What impact will this have on my pension?
period of unpaid leave will not count towards pension benefits. You can choose
to buy back the lost pension during the absence if you are a member of Lothian
Pension Fund. You can find
more information and an online calculator here. If you choose to purchase the lost pension
through APCs within 30 days of returning to work, the cost will be split
between you and the University.
If you are a member of the Scottish
Teachers Superannuation scheme, any period of unpaid leave is regarded as
non-pensionable, therefore you will not be able to pay scheme contributions
during this period – or to cover any ‘missed’ contributions by paying extra
when you return to work.
both schemes, you are able to purchase additional voluntary pension
contributions to mitigate against the unpaid leave period. Financial advice can
be sought from Tilney or your own financial adviser, about the impact of
periods of unpaid leave.
details for the pension providers are available here.
What if I want to return early?
you apply you are committing to taking the full period of unpaid leave, however
you can request to return early (giving at least one month’s notice), but there
is no obligation for the University to agree this, however we will try wherever
operationally possible to accommodate this.
What happens in Restructuring/Redundancy
during unpaid leave, your role is part of an area which is subject to
restructuring, you will be included in consultations and communications, in the
same way, as if you had not been on unpaid leave.
Will I return to the same role?
expected that you will be able to return to your current role. For periods of
unpaid leave, over 6 months, you will be able to return to your current role or
an alternative role at the same Grade. If
the School/Service is subject to restructuring and your role is no longer
available, all options will be explored with you during the consultation
Can I work during unpaid leave?
unpaid leave, your current contractual obligations regarding working elsewhere
continue to apply and you should ensure that there is no conflict of interest. You
must obtain approval from your Dean/Director if you wish to take up employment