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Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Maternity absence

C6.—(1) This regulation applies to a person who—

(a)has a period of maternity absence; and

(b)immediately before that period was a member or had applied under regulation B9 or B12 to become a member.

(2) A person to whom this regulation applies—

(a)in relation to any period (“the relevant period”) which is, or is part of, a period of maternity absence for which she is entitled to receive remuneration, shall make contributions of the same amount as those which (apart from regulation C5) she would have been required to make under regulation C3, if her remuneration in the employment were equal to the remuneration which she is entitled to receive for the relevant period; and

(b)in relation to any period (“the unpaid period”) which is, or is part of, a period of maternity absence and for which she is not entitled to receive remuneration, may elect to make contributions of the same amount as those which (apart from regulation C5) she would have been required to make under regulation C3 if for the unpaid period her remuneration in the employment were equal to the remuneration she was entitled to receive immediately before the beginning of the unpaid period.

(3) An election under paragraph (2)(b) shall be made by notice in writing to the employing authority given before the expiry date of the period of the 30 days beginning with the earlier of—

(a)the day on which the member returns to duty; and

(b)the day on which she ceases to be employed by that authority.

(4) Paragraph (2) does not affect the right of an employee to give notice under regulation B11 (leaving the Scheme) during a period of maternity absence.

(5) In this Part “period of maternity absence” means any period throughout which a woman—

(a)is absent from duty by reason of pregnancy or confinement; and

(b)may exercise the right under her contract of employment to return to work.

(6) For the purposes of this regulation references to “the relevant period” and “the unpaid period” do not include any period before the day on which the application under regulation B9 or B12 to become a member first has effect.

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