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The Health and Social Care Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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Effect of being absent or leaving and rejoining scheme during contributions payment period

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67.—(1) This paragraph applies if, during the contributions payment period, a member (M) who has made an election under regulation 54—

(a)is absent from work because of illness or injury;

(b)is on maternity leave;

(c)is on adoption leave;

(d)is on paternity leave;

(e)is on parental leave; or

(f)is within regulation 21(4) or (6).

(2) If paragraph (1) applies—

(a)the contributions payable under regulation 63 continue to be payable unless M ceases paying basic contributions;

(b)M may continue to pay contributions under regulation 63 only if—

(i)M ceases to pay basic contributions; but

(ii)resumes paying basic contributions before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which M first ceased to pay basic contributions.

(3) This paragraph applies if—

(a)a member (M) has made an election under regulation 54;

(b)M ceases to be an active member during the contributions payment period; and

(c)before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which M ceased to be an active member, M becomes an active member again.

(4) If paragraph (3) applies, M may continue to make contributions in accordance with the election unless a repayment of contributions has been made to M under regulation 39.

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (4) it is immaterial whether M has paid any repaid contributions back to the scheme manager.

(6) In this regulation “basic contributions” means contributions payable under regulation 30 or 31.

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